?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

With Vogon along for moral support, I saw the dentist yesterday. I don't like the calling and getting there parts of the task, but once I'm actually in the dentist's office I'm good.

The dentist agreed that crowns would not be a good investment for my teeth (the one crown I did have came out last year), so our new plan is to extract the crumbling mess in my mouth, then get a few implants to keep the bone height up and fit me for dentures.

Since my broken tooth doesn't hurt and the immediate goal was to reduce my oral pain, we decided to pull my upper left lateral incisor then. It was quick and relatively painless -- I took one Vicodin tablet as the Novocaine wore off, then went 8 hours until the next one. I slept pretty well last night without taking another, then took half a tablet this morning and put the rest up. I was feeling hung over and vaguely nauseous, which I took as a sign to back off the painkillers. If I'd been more awake when I split that tablet this morning, I would have left the tablet and taken a couple of naproxen instead.

I'm going to take it easy today and see how I feel tomorrow. Fender-cat's been making sure I get plenty of rest and we have a healthy stash of soups and broth until I'm feeling up to chewing food.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
mayna
May. 4th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
hearing about that makes me wnat to go brush my teeth...
oddharmonic
May. 5th, 2007 12:53 am (UTC)
Laurel brushes after every time she eats. We plan to get her prescription fluoride tablets since we filter our drinking water (it tastes like dirt unfiltered) and Vogon has pretty solid teeth to show for a childhood of daily fluoride tablets.
mayna
May. 5th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Some of that is genetics... I never had fluoride tablets and I didn't get any cavities until I had Maylie at age 26.
may_lyn
May. 4th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
i'm so happy you had that done! i know how hard it was for you. on all sorts of levels, including comfort and finantual. *hugs* yay!
oddharmonic
May. 5th, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
I feel so much better already! It turned out an adult canine tooth that never came in had been sitting on top of my sore tooth all that time.

I made the dentist's assistant laugh when she asked if I wanted to keep my extracted tooth and I replied, "Sure, for the tooth fairy!".

Then I grossed out Vogon by telling him my dad kept all the crowns mom lost (before she got dentures) in a little ring box. My dad is a first-rate pack rat.
may_lyn
May. 5th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
my appointment is monday! may i please borrow some of your courage?
moon_orchid
May. 5th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
I had my last two wisdom teeth extracted about two years ago, and it was amazing how much pain was relieved (the two bottom wisdom teeth were sideways and causing lots of pressure)

I had horrible teeth as a child ... every one had cavities and my mouth was filled with silver caps. I have been very lucky with my adult teeth, however...the dentist says I have very healthy teeth and gums.

Be careful of extra flouride - it can cause stains on the teeth.

I wish you a quick healing! :)
ex_passerine551
May. 6th, 2007 05:52 am (UTC)
I am terrified of dentists, so I admire you in your quest for perfect teeth! I hope you are feeling better.
( 8 comments — Leave a comment )

Profile

Default 2014
oddharmonic
Melissa, starry-eyed soy-lovin' Expatriated Zulu

Latest Month

March 2015
S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    

Tags

Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by Tiffany Chow