Thursday, February 23, 2006

toothpain: tip o' the iceberg

so i had a partial root canal today. looks like the laptop won't be fixed quite yet, since that money just went into my mouth. or rather, into a few canals under a molar.

the good news: i'm keepin' the tooth!

the bad news: i'm only PARTIALLY through the canal process.

the worse news: there's another tooth to be reckoned with.

the horrible news: the novacaine is wearing off.

8 comments:

Crystal said...

when i had a toothache, my dad always offered to cut off one of my toes. he guaranteed me that my mouth wouldn't bother me anymore.

Bram Davidson said...

Father would offer to wrap a piece of string around it, tie the other end to a door knob, and slam the door. Just thought I would mention that.

Jege (Jen) said...

Kari, you are at the age where teeth start to betray you. It's something they never tell you about, like the sudden appearance of backfat at age 30, or that Gwen Stefani is a robot, and will live forever if only to spite you up until death's sweet, sweet, release.

My advice, if you don't already have one, get one of those bite guards to wear at night. Most people grind or clench their teeth while sleeping, and that tends to crack & split apart your molars and loosen old fillings. If I had gotten one at age 29, I probably would have avoided my 3 root canals, 5 crowns and one permanent bridge.....which, incidentally, cost me upwards of $6000, and I HAVE dental insurance (I also have...er, HAD good teeth, so I know that this is not due to any bad genetics. It's just one of those things that proves there is no god).

DenimRose said...

Ow-eeee. I TOTALLY sympathise with the tooth pain ordeal. I had not one, but two infected wisdom teeth whilst I was still in the UK. To get them yanked out in an NHS hopsital (for free), I wasa told I would have to wait 18-24 months. By that time, I would have yanked them out with pliars myself! The pain left me in tears every day. It felt like nothing would make it stop. Excedrin combined with Ibuprofen helped a lot, but be careful how much IBF you take with the Excedrin as it can cause tummy cramps.

ungeziefer said...

(At least your teeth don't look like this. Yet . . .)

Jege (Jen) said...

Dustin, I did NOT need that visual.

*sound of me running off to floss for the next 5 hours*

kari said...

oh dustin, that makes me want to throw up a whole bunch. but it does make me feel as though my teeth aren't THAT horrible.

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