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Dental Woes
Last week I had to visit the dentist to have a crown installed on one of my lower left molars. An old filling had popped out a couple of months ago, then a few weeks after it was put back in the whole tooth cracked. My dentist and I agreed it was time to better protect the poor thing. It was a fairly miserable experience, because I have a dental phobia. Fortunately my dentist is very gentle, and is good with fraidy-cats. I was jumpy, so she gave me some nitrous oxide to relax me.

After they started the happy gas, I texted my husband, which he found rather amusing. I didn't say anything particularly goofy though, I just wanted to share my happiness with him!

Once the drilling started I wasn't happy anymore though. Bleh! It was rather an ordeal, what with making multiple impressions plus some trouble with the cement on the temporary crown. There was a lot of poking, prodding, wrenching, and other unpleasantness. Once the gas wore off I drove home, numb and swollen.

I looked a bit like half a chipmunk, and once the Novocaine wore off I was really sore. Surprisingly so, actually. However when I went to work the next day and told my team about my painful mouth, my team (bless their obnoxious little hearts) gave me a Burger King crown (since I'd had a crown put in). I wore it for awhile, then found an excuse to pass it around the team room.

The obnoxious part is that now, a week later, my tooth is still tender. It hurts whenever I bite on it. Also, I have an actual bruise on my jaw line! A couple of days ago it looked like I got socked in the mouth. I asked M if he'd been hitting me in my sleep, and he said "Nothing you didn't deserve."

(Note: this was a joke. I think.)

Now my bruise is fading, but it's still there. It's just more grayish than green. Basically now I just look dirty, as though I had a run-in with some soot. This caused my loving husband to start singing Chim Chim Cheree while I tenderly ate my dinner using mostly only the teeth on my right.

I have such helpful friends and family, don't I? This is all quite irritating, actually, and I think I was happier back when my tooth was cracked but not hurting. I still only have a temporary crown though, and I go back next week for my permanent one. Hopefully that will make the rest of the pain go away.... then I can get a reprise from the dentist for awhile.


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lillyrayne From: lillyrayne Date: April 26th, 2011 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a horrible fear of the dentist and am going through the exact same thing. My dentist appointment is Wednesday. I've just been walking around with half my tooth gone for the last week but I have to go. Last time nitrous didn't cut it until I laid there for about 45 minutes. If they bruise me I'll never go back. You're brave!
ms_hecubus From: ms_hecubus Date: April 26th, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Was the dentist leaning his hand on your jaw while working? I'll get bruises more easily from steady pressure than being hit. It's weird.

You'll feel better once the permanent crown is in. Those temp never fit well.
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