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Pain. Ouch. Ow. Hurt. Pain

I've been coping with a toothache on and off for a week.  I'd been taking tylenol and doing okay.  Until yesterday when I followed the advice of someone on  Facebook, who said to rinse with warm salt water.

ARRRGGHHHH!  The sharp pain followed by throbbing for two hours was a lot to deal with.  I wanted to bash my own head open to distract me from how much it hurt. 

So today I called every dentist all of my friends in the area recommended and finally, someone agreed to see me at noon.  My dentist fear was in full effect and to compound the issue, I also had the bonus embarrassment of having not seen in a dentist in, oh, about 3 years, since my last horrific dental issue, when I had my bridge installed.  

The dentist was very nice though.  He did a very cool digital x-ray (!) and said, whoa, there's your cavity, you need a root canal.


He also said that had I been seeing a dentist regularly, it could have just been filled.

Thanks, dude.

He asked if the toothache was heat sensitive and I said, "YES!" because last night I tried to eat some tomato soup and had the shooting/throbbing pain again.  Same thing this morning with my coffee.  So he wrote me a prescription for antibiotics because, he said, anytime there's heat sensitivity, that's a bacterial infection.

I was hoping he'd also write a scrip for a nice painkiller but he said that the antibiotic should help with the pain and to continue taking ibuprofin, not tylenol.

So that's where I am now.  I have an appointment on Tuesday at an oral surgeon's office, a follow-up appointment at this dentist for a permanent filling in the root canaled tooth and also an appointment for a cleaning.  That will be FOUR dental appointments in one month for the chick who's terrified of dentists.



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Dec. 24th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
Maaaaaaaaaan, that stinks :(
Dec. 24th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)

-from another dental phobic with bad teeth
Dec. 24th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
I'm not sure what your insurance is or if you have coverage for this, but DO look into some sort of sedation dentistry and be sure to tell your dentist about any anxiety.

I recently went to a dentist specializing in sedation dentistry. I had that same fun x-ray thing that was like an MRI for your mouth. I didn't have anything done yet, but I plan to once I find out my insurance covers it (pretty sure it will) and get permission from my general practitioner doctor.
Dec. 24th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Oh, and if the OTC meds don't work well enough, try one of those tubes of (can't recall name of medication) that helps numb tooth pain. I hear that sort of helps. You can get something like that at any pharmacy.
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