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Teeth suuuuuck.

This... really bites. Okay, it bites a bit badly/lopsidedly, but bites nonetheless.

So here I am last night, diving into a nice juicy barbecued rib, when I feel something HARD in my mouthful of meaty goodness. So, fishing it out, I discover... that it's a tooth. Or more specifically, the part of a tooth pretty much from the gumline up, which has sheared clean off. Lovely. Oddly, I felt absolutely no pain, leading me to wonder if somehow the tooth had just *died* and this led to the problem.

Luckily I'd already had a dentist appointment set up for today (how's that for timing, folks?), so I just called and left a message last night saying basically "um hey, I know I have an appointment tomorrow, but I wanted to forewarn you that bad ickiness happened and so that'll probably take precedence." Not in those words, obviously. And when I went in to the dentist today, I found that my suspicion was correct: at some point back in the past, my tooth got an abcess, and this led to the pulp inside the tooth just dying out completely. This apparently without the excruciating pain that usually occurs in such... um... occurances. So in other words I've been walking around for the gods know how long with a totally deader-than-a-doornail tooth that was gradually over time drying out, becoming more and more and more brittle, until finally last night... *snap*.

Which in itself is... well, painless, since as I'd said I felt *nothing* from this, not when it broke, not when I drank hot or cold things after, nothing. The sucky part though is that now Thursday I'm scheduled to go in for the first of two sessions for... *cringe* the dreaded ROOT CANAL *insert echo-ey canal-canal-canal-canal effects here*. (I was going to say echo-ey "anal-anal" effects, but that's a whole different subject, and not one that I want to have any connection with my mouth, 'k thanks. Or with chili, for that matter.)

Of course, since the abcess isn't in itself painful and the tooth is already dead, Jim, the root canal itself should be painless. *knocks on wood* It's just that I a) hate having to go back to the dentist again and get trapped on the chair for 45 minutes to an hour at a stretch, and b) this is going to SUCK cost-wise. It seems like every year I've been treating myself with one expensive item - first my pond, then my computer, then my nice TV upstairs in my room, but this year I had already bought my laptop before this happened. So now I have two nice wallet-hitting things in a year. Joy. Meh.

I think I'm going to curl up in a ball and whine like a Siamese cat for a while. *whine*


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Jul. 6th, 2005 03:14 am (UTC)

Best of luck with the root canal...
Jul. 6th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
Ack. Ack ack ack.

Hope things improve. Hope you feel better soon.

*knock knock knock on wood*
Jul. 6th, 2005 11:51 am (UTC)

Much luck, sweetie.
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Jul. 6th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, my, yes. That is exactly the kind of sound that should never, ever be echoing into your ears from the inside.
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Jul. 6th, 2005 07:14 pm (UTC)
... Okay, now I'm more worried than I was.
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Jul. 6th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
Well, after finding a website to read on about root canals and having them repeat the same thing my dentist told me - the horrible pain most associate with root canals is really due to the tooth being horribly painful in the first place, and the procedure itself isn't the problem - I'm feeling a bit better again.

I don't like *going* to the dentist, but I do like and trust my dentist himself, and he told me that theoretically he could probably do the root canal without any anesthetic and I wouldn't feel anything. (Not that he's going to try). So I'm fairly relaxed about it again. Well, as much as someone with my nerves can be relaxed about something like this.
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