Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The first is the root of my back tooth. I had an excruciating tooth ache all week-end. I've known I've had a cracked tooth for a couple of months, I wanted to wait until all of my planned trips were over before going to the dentist. Well on Sat. I developed a toothache. Of course, it would be on the week-end. One thing about me is that people never believe I'm in pain because I don't act like it. So, I did get in all of my exercise. I did go on a long bike ride. I ate all of my meals. (on one side) The one thing I wasn't able to do was sleep, though. The doctor started me on ampicillin. I could have had Vicodin, but pain meds make me sick, but I did take aspirin. I couldn't get the scene from "Castaway" out of my mind. I was on the edge of decompensating. I thought about people with chronic pain and wondered how they do it.
Luckily my dentist took me right away on Mon morning. One amazing thing was -yes, I did have a cracked tooth, but it was the one NEXT to the one I thought it was!! Crazy. Anyway, once that lidocaine went in I felt SO relieved. She opened it up and once she got in there there was a raw nerve or something from infection and that hurt, So she had to inject into the pulp(ouch) and even then it still hurt, so she called in the Dr. who does the root canals and he was more aggressive and in a very painful injection finally achieved anesthesia of the area. After that it was all golden!! I didn't feel any more of the procedure.
I have to go to GA on Sunday because my daughter is due to have a baby. So they put gunk over the tooth and will let it rest until I get back and then do a root canal. (it's 50-50 chance it will save the tooth but worth a try)
I feel so good! No residual pain. I took a nap- went for a walk and tripped on a ROOT and fell hard. I just scraped my hand, but I did think that "roots" were out to get me. Then I took a nap, woke up ate dinner, took a nap and then went to bed. Glorious sleep.
So in a note to myself - never put off going to the dentist!!! If I had gone right away I probably could have just gotten a crown.