Wow, I survived the weekend. I wasn’t sure I was going to on Saturday. I had a filling replaced a couple weeks ago – from one of those old mercury fillings to a new composite one, and ever since I’ve not been able to chew on that side of my mouth or eat anything hot or cold without considerable pain. I gave in on Friday and called the dentist for an emergency appointment but the soonest they could fit me in was this morning. By Saturday, neither extra strength Advil or Tylenol were helping, and I was using extra strength Ora-jel to freeze my gums and still I was in pain.
To add to the misery, a rotten miserable cold hit me on Sunday (which probably explains why I was in such agony on Saturday – the tooth’s roots extend into my sinuses and they were probably added extra pressure to the already painful roots.) I spent last night sleeping on the La-Z-boy in the family room since I couldn’t breath if I lay down, alternately sneezing, coughing or whining about how much my tooth hurt. And despite my sniffling, I dragged myself to the dentist this morning. If you knew how much I despise dentists, how I had to go to a psychologist to get over my fear of them years ago, you’d realize just how serious it was not to jump on the excuse of having a cold to cancel.
Turns out I had to have a root canal. The danged anesthesia the dentist first used didn’t work, so he gave me a second round of stronger freezing. It didn’t work either, I could still feel him poking around as he dug out the roots. He ended up having to insert the needle directly down the shaft of the tooth and freeze the nerve that way.
Repeat after me, “it was not fun!“
However, the freezing has worn off and all the pain that bugged me last week has disappeared. Hopefully permanently.