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Monday I had a root canal.  That alone is no cause for comment - I've had a bunch, and I'm sure I'll have more.  I'm slowly paying (literally!) for the sins of my youth.  Well, and the sins of my parents' genetics also, but I can't help that.

The premolar on the upper left had been bugging me for a while - every so often I'd hit it just wrong with a fork and it would shoot what felt like a bolt of electricity into my brain.  It would also occasionally ache a very little bit if I was chewing something very firm.  Additionally, it has a HUGE filling in it - it's more filling than tooth.  So I asked at my checkup, and my dentist opined that it was time to deal with it.  Okay - not a big deal.  After all, I budget for one root canal and crown every year.

This time, when he got in there he discovered that the tooth had already died and infection was already starting.  Let's hear it for timing.  What do you want to bet that if we had been going to Pennsic this year I would have put it off, and it would have abscessed while we were there?  So he had a bigger job getting it all cleaned out, and I ended up actually taking a pain pill to sleep Monday night.  That's very unlike me.

The other thing that's very unlike me is that it still hurts!  I have a prescription for antibiotics if it swells up like it's infected, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  I think that this is just residual pain from the novacaine injection sites - he gets his patients good and numb.  I'm not worried, but it's really annoying.  Needless to say, I'm dying for a nice juicy steak - that I wouldn't be able to eat.  Ah well.  More pasta for me tonight.

In other news, the trash pickup took *everything* that Bob put down to the curb, and the garage looks so much bigger!  I can't wait to get some more stuff out of there.


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Jul. 15th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Steak smoothie?

Sorry you're feeling bad; I have never had a root canal. I had three wisdom teeth removed (the remaining one is fully in and functional so it didn't need to be removed) but had no problems or pain from it.

Thank god stuff in the mouth heals faster than anywhere else on the body, as it's also one of the most inconvenient and hard to escape, pain-wise.
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:57 pm (UTC)
Somehow the steak smoothie just wouldn't be the same, I don't think. :-) I'm pretty sure that I want it *just because* I can't eat it right now.

This is my fifth root canal! So far it's the second most dramatic - I really wasn't expecting it to be this big a deal. But I'm just about back to normal now.

"one of the most inconvenient and hard to escape, pain-wise."

I remember having a conversation about this with someone once, and we came to the very unscientific conclusion that the physically closer the pain is to your brain, the harder it is to "distance" yourself from it - which is why headaches are so problematic. I don't know if there's any validity to that, but it sounded good to us.
Jul. 15th, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
My sympathies. It could be that you're having problems with the buffer in the anesthetic. Mother has that, and if they use the wrong novocaine, she hurts for several days afterwords.
Jul. 15th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
And Yeah! that you still have bulk pickup in your town. Our back patio currently looks like something Jeff Foxworthy would tell jokes about till we can get around to pulling out the rest of the stuff and hiring someone to take it to the town dump for us.
Jul. 15th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I've had two root canals. One was an emergency (for various reasons mostly involving my relatives dropping like flies and the ensuing wakes/funerals) that needed immediate attention. What a nighmare! The second was, by comparison, easy peasy.

I hope it heals up quickly for you.
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Like I told golden_meliades above, this is number five (!) for me. The first one was an emergency. It abscessed, and I've never been in that much pain in my life, or for that long (three days before the dentist could get me in.) I had no insurance at the time, so the whole thing ended up being DRAMA. In the end, I lost that tooth because it went bad years later. The endodontist who works with my current dentist is a picky perfectionist, so I have no fears about the ones he has worked on.

I'm just about back to normal at this point - thank you.
Jul. 16th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
I hope the tooth problem resolves quickly. I've had a couple root canals myself and I know they're not fun. One thing to remember about the "Let's hear it for timing" is that it could have been much worse then simply a more painful experience. An infected tooth can go into a dangerous and deadly infection. It's nothing to play with and I have actually had a friend (who was also in the SCA) die from that many years back. The blundering of the dentist didn't help but still infection from a tooth began his downward slide.

In any case glad all is well, or getting better anyway and congrats on stage 1 garage clean out.
Jul. 16th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
Yes, I've only begun realizing over the last ten years or so how very dangerous that sort of infection is. He got down to clean tissue at the very bottom, so we nipped that issue in the bud. It's much better today - I can yawn and grin without pain, so it's all calmed down.

This weekend will be stage 2 garage cleanout - the scrap lumber!
Jul. 17th, 2010 03:29 pm (UTC)
Owwwww... my sympathies!
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