Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Still out of action

Sorry I haven't been around as much as I'd like, but I am having real trouble with my mouth. I got two more teeth pulled, and it was miserable. It wouldn't be so bad if they were "teeth" instead of shards that have been shifting around under my gums. None of these "teeth" have come out easy. These ones required stitches. I still have to have 4 or 5 more pulled. I am going to have no teeth left. But the dentist has a plan for me so whatever. I can barely focus on the computer screen right now from the throbbing going on in my face. What's worse is another of my bad "teeth" has become absesce today. I am still not healed from my first dentist appointment either. Dr. Smart (my dentist) says it's because they had to remove bone from my jaw and that takes longer to heal. Plus there are still root tips embedded into the sawed-down jawbone. I can't even tell you the pain I'm in. I originally wanted to just knock it out quick, but I'm gonna take it easy for a little and really heal what's been done so far before I do my next visit. It's causing me too many problems and I have missed too much work. Oh yeah, and when I got my fillings done, the dental assistant couldn't get the proper bite for one of my teeth, so now my bite is off and it hurts to close my mouth because one tooth feels much taller than the rest. I need to get that fixed somehow.

I will try to keep up with everyone as best as I can. Sorry I'm a big whiner.


Jenna Consolo said...

You are NOT a whiner! Tooth pain is intense. I had to have bone grafting done in my upper jaw after having a tooth pulled because the infection abscessed and formed a fistula right out through my gums. And this was while I was seeing a dentist fairly regularly! The good dentist I finally found said that infection had to have been growing for at least 10 years to get that bad, and my dentist just 'didn't see it'. It was an excruciating ordeal. I really feel for you. But it DOES get better. You are doing the right thing and it will have an end. A beautiful, healthy mouth is a worthwhile investment. Keep going, and take care. Love you.

Saint Holiday said...

This is what I've had to endure throughout my entire life. My teeth have given me nothing but pure agony. I had to go again to the dentist yesterday, because another tooth had broken in half. The pain! The dentist asked me if I was in pain, and I told him I was, but he just shrugged it off like it was nothing. Yeah, nothing to him. There I am in agony, begging for morphine, and he's saying, "I just need to clean the tooth so I can get a good look at it." So he's spraying this cold water on the broken tooth and scraping it like it was a piece of wood for a pinewood derby car, and the misery was indescribable. He just joked about it. Painless dentistry to him is when HE feels no pain. I felt like Dustin Hoffman in the Running Man. Is it safe? Is it safe? No, it's not safe; I'm dying here! My whole life. The Lord says in the scriptures in reference to the Resurrection that a hair of our heads will not fall to the ground unnoticed, and I want to say, "Hey, how about if not a tooth in our heads falls to the ground unnoticed? That would be good for me. I still have a few hairs left." So, now I need another root canal, but my dentist can't perform it, because it's too complicated. He had to refer me out, and who knows when I will have the privilege of getting in to see this specialist, who supposedly has specialized tools and a microscope of some kind to peer down into the tips of the roots and dig and pry out every last vestige of living tissue, so the stub can be stuffed with some kind of material from which my dentist can then rebuild a semblance of a tooth, and let me tell you, I'm ready to say, "Pull them all out, and I'll be like my angel mother with her false teeth on the dresser every night." I've been tortured my whole life by my teeth, and there is nothing in this world that the North Koreans or Al Qaeda could do to me to equal the pain I've suffered because of my rotten tooth genetics. What, do they expect a guy like me to come into this world and not eat generous portions of chocolate every day, when they shove it in front of my face constantly? Let's be realistic people! Soup, that's what I had for dinner tonight. Soup is probably what I'll have every day until that sacred day when I'll be able to enter the presence of Mr. Specialist, who, no doubt, will bring me to the heights of agony. The dentist asked me yesterday, "How does it feel?" I replied, "Worse than labor pain." "How do you know?" he asked. "Because I've seen labor pain many times (ask your angel mother) and it is nothing like this!" Anyway, my heart goes out to you.