Friday, February 24, 2006

Tooth Truth

So this is the rest of the story...

The rest of my day on Wednesday was not fun. Wednesday night was unpleasant to say the least. Thursday morning at 7 am I was at the on call dentist right on time! By this time it felt like the whole right side of my face was throbbing. The verdict was that I have a cracked tooth with an infection. The endodontist fit me in right away and did a root canal.

This root canal was not a fun thing. I used the same endodontist that I used last time, and he is very good at what he does. He is also very kind and does his best to eliminate any pain. I had extra novacaine shots (this is normal for me when working on my back molars) and topical pain reducer and still had a lot of pain. Most people have 2 or 3 nerves in their back molars... I had 4 he had to dig out... same story as last time. This time around I have had a lot more pain. I'm not sure why. But if anyone else tells me that the nerves have been removed and therefore I should have no pain or that they never had any pain with their root canal I am either going to shoot myself or them! Well, not really, but I might scream... or not. More likely I will grit my teeth and crack another molar! Sheesh, people, give me a break... not another crack! I have enough stress in my life already!

So I missed work yesterday except for an hour when I went in to get payroll checks printed. It was all I could handle while on the pain medication. Today I went in to get them distributed and do some catch-up on other work. I didn't get that much done, so I will be going in to work tomorrow to try to finish up this week's work. It should be a productive day since most of the office staff will not be there.

I think that by tomorrow I will be back to just ibuprofin for pain relief... the Darvocet makes me so dopey, and I don't think I should need it another day. I will stay on the antibiotics until they are gone. When my regular dentist gets back on Monday, I will contact him about getting the crown done. After insurance the root canal cost $435.00. I will also have a big chunk to pay for the crown. Fun, fun, fun.

That's it so far. It's enough excitement for me!


Cliff Morrow said...

Oh my, I'm sorry you have to go thru this. And just when the pain subsides, the pain of the bills start up.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Sounds like you had a very painful experience all the way around...and I would not be looking forward to all those dental bills. I always think, while paying those kinds of bills, that I could have bought something nice or gone away for a nice weekend instead.

Rachel said...

Sorry it was painful. Root canals are never fun. Hope it gets better fast!

Jim said...

I'm glad you got it fixed.
If it will make you feel any better you could tell people at least that endodontist didn't break off a drill bit down in their like Jim's did one time.

Rurality said...

Ow ow ow! Hope you are better soon.

I was lucky not to have TOO much pain with my root canal, but still it wasn't exactly fun. I had a harder time when I got my wisdom teeth out. Thank goodness you only have to do that once!

frustratedwriter said...

I always prefer my dentist to wear leather, crack a whip or two, and to work in a totally punk outfit so I can at least tell people I've experienced a little S&M... you know, cutting edge. Okay, I don't do that but if you are going to have to hurt you might as well get some sort of good story out of it.

hope you are better soon.

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