Saturday, March 24, 2012

Such a little thing....

To be causing such problems. I broke a tooth. That one, right down there. I went to the dentist who told me enough of the tooth had broke that I was going to need a root canal. Now look close at that root. Does that look normal to you? No? Me either. It is shaped like a corkscrew. Not so easy to do a root canal on. He was only able to get half of the nerve but figured I would be ok. I was not. Two days later, I was in his office, in tears. He hollowed out my tooth like a pumpkin and took out the posts from the root canal. He then packed the hollow tooth with gauze so the infection could drain and covered it all with a temporary filling.
Last night I hurt so badly I wanted to rip the damn thing out of my mouth myself. My pain pills are not doing a thing and the fact that this tooth sits under your sinuses (I developed a sinus infection that first day) didn't help. I called the dentist at home today and begged him to pull the tooth. He found one of his assistants who was willing to come in on a Saturday and told me to come on in. He studied my x rays while he waited for me to get there and told me I had two options.
Option A: He pulls the tooth. There is a strong possibility that root will just break right off and he will have to remove some of my jawbone to fish it out.
Option B: I go to an oral surgeon who will do the exact same thing, but has the capabilities to put me under if that happens. He can also build up the jawbone for the implant I will need to fix this mess.
I of course opted for option B. I was prescribed stronger antibiotics and some Percoset to get me through until I can call the surgeon on Monday.
Just thought I would let you all know why I am going to be out of the blogging sphere for a while.


  1. I would not do it. I went to an orthodontist after my dentist put me in the most miserable pain of my life with a root canal. I had to get the tooth pulled anyways. The after effect was they were still trying to bill for the 2 root canals and the tooth pull. Took me 4 months to get that crap sorted out. Just saying sometimes a tooth isn't worth it.

  2. Eeek. I just had a dental incident with a broken tooth myself. The fix was, thankfully, much easier.

  3. You poor thing! The only root canals I remember were in my 20's and I don't remember them being pleasant. The recent tooth work, which was extensive (my husband wouldn't give me money for medical care) required they put me under, worth every penny, even if it meant putting a couple thousand on the credit card. They took good care of me.

    I hope you feel better very soon, nothing worse than tooth pain.

  4. mmasse: The tooth is going to be pulled. My dentist has been great about it though. He has refunded my money, cancelled the bill with the insurance company and even came in on a Saturday to do what he could to help me with the pain.

    45er and Brigid, thanks! I am really happy with my new, stronger antibiotics and my percoset, lol

  5. Thoughts and prayers, I "KNOW" how much 'fun' that is... Whatever you do, get it fixed right!

  6. Oh man, I am so sorry. I hope the stronger meds give you some relief until you can get to the doctor.


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