the Grand Wazoo
Joined: Aug. 2002
|Posted: Mar. 28 2003,3:20 am
Welcome back Maiken
Glad you got a laugh out of "Shushoom Thuriam"....
As for the dentist...
This comes from, well, being as I was for a long time and not taking care of things even knowing I had bad gums...
To start with, it was just a lowly toothache...
A root canal had gone bad and got infected. Between the time I made the appointment to get it looked at and the time it came for it to be pulled - a huge filling fell out of a different tooth, on the other side of my mouth.
In the end I wound up getting two teeth pulled - at opposite ends of my mouth. Meanwhile I had been running a fever for about a month. I got antibiotics, and the teeth pulled. Everything was fine until I woke up one morning with a lump at the inner bottom of my lower front teeth - an abcess - swollen glands, and more fever. The infection from the bad root canal had spread.
More antibiotics, and an hour and a half of sheer agony - they cleaned all the gunk out from between my gums and teeth on one side of my mouth.
The fever finally broke, but my roots are exposed above the gums and I have an extreme sensitivity to all things cold.
A few days ago I got another quadrant done and am once again in pain. On the 11th I get the last quadrant done and everything should be okay, except for the sensitivity - which I will be living with. (Drinking everything at room temperature completely sucks... )
All in all, yet another reason to never start drinking in the way that I did. I'm paying for it now.
Morning and night, I have to brush, floss, rinse with warm salt water, rinse with mouthwash - wait 30 minutes, rinse twice with a periodontal/fluoride rinse, and then wait another 30 minutes before I drink anything. After I eat anything I have to rinse with warm salt water.
All this because after I was a and set about re-building my body and my mind I neglected my mouth (thinking just brushing would take care of everything - even though I knew I had bad gums).....
To top all of this off when they do the below the gum cleaning, even after the first four shots of novocaine, I can stil feel everything and have to get four more shots for each quadrant....
I hate needles, I hate dentists, I hate teeth....
For over a month now all I can taste is salt.
All I can say is - everyone, even if you want out of here very badly - take care of every aspect of your bodies that you can. For in the end, you will be living with it.
And now on to better thoughts...