Jul 06, 2009
Last week, I had a tooth get really sensitive to cold and pressure, on the opposite side from my TN. I called my dentist's office, asked if they could check my X-rays and see if there was a noticeable issue (hoping that it would be something simple).
I was told I needed to be seen, and made an appointment for today. Over the weekend, I noticed pain on the other side, and discovered an abscess.
This afternoon, at my appointment, I discovered the molar on the right side was cracked in a couple places (already lots of fillings), and it needs a crown.
X-rays of the left side didn't make it clear which tooth was causing the large abscess, which was kind of between two teeth. She did this test where she ran an electrical current into my tooth, with my finger on the probe; when I removed my finger, it cut off the current. She tried a normal tooth, and I cut off the current. She tried one of the two suspect ones, and I cut off the current. She tried the other, and I just kept waiting to feel something. Dead as a doornail.
I asked why it hurt so bad if the root was dead, and she explained that once the blood supply was cut off, it was like a big splinter that my body was trying to fight off. Thus the swelling and pain, pain, pain.
So, I'll be taking Amoxicillin 3 times a day for 9 days, and on next Monday I'm under orders to take 100 mg. of Tegretol (relax nerves) and 10 mg. of valium at 7 am. My appointment is at 8 am, and should take around 3 hours to do both teeth. I'll hang out there until my friend can pick me up. My dentist said she could just through a blanket over me and let me sleep off the meds, lol! I promised I wouldn't snore. :o)
The office manager is going to help me work out a payment plan. My dentist said that it's important to get them both done as soon as possible for my health. The infection in the one on the left side was getting pretty bad; temperature of 99.9 today, so I can't help but agree. My teeth, my health, are more important than money. I work hard at taking good care of them, but I inherited them from my Mom, who got false teeth around 40. I'm only missing one, though I sure have a lot of crowns and fillings!
So, I'll go through this and keep on smiling. On the 16th I'm flying to Sacramento for a few days to watch a couple WNBA games, and hope to be healing well by then.
Maybe my fatigue will lift some after my teeth are fixed. It could happen!