Wednesday, August 1, 2018

small nightmare

our plucky heroine is doing her best to not be overwhelmed by fear/worry -

the unhappy tooth, cracked beyond hope of saving, must be pulled out of my mouth, and I have never had that done, (save the time they removed two wrong baby teeth, and I was unconscious when they did that). I keep reminding self that it is necessary. Feels so scary.

And feels so weird to willingly? choose to do something that I know will hurt, because the alternative is worse. Currently waiting for the dental school referral to work through the different offices and call me so I can make an appointment. At least the actual tooth removal will be covered by OHP, though any further repairs will not be.

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  1. I've had a broken tooth removed, and its uncomfortable at the time and needs to be kept clean whilst the gum heals over but its OK, really it is. My tooth was infected in the gum and had to come out. Depending on where it is there are various options afterwards for bridges and dentures or just leaving it missing.

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    1. glad to know that you are doing well now... I am hoping to avoid bad infection, and taking out the tooth before it gets worse makes sense. It is one of my 6 year molars, and initially cracked back in 2012. They fixed it as best they could back then, but it seems to not be stable any more, so removal is the best plan. Here at the dental school they advise getting an implant as the best option, though it isn't covered by OHP, so I'd have to pay out of pocket. Still looking into what will be best for me. Since I very fortunately have all the rest of my teeth and mostly in good condition, I want to do whatever will help me keep them that way.

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  2. I'm so sorry this is necessary! I've been through a lot of dental procedures and, while unpleasant/painful at the time, I've ALWAYS felt better afterward. You will, too, I'm sure. Small comfort, I know. We're thinking of you!

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    1. knowing that there are folks out there wishing me well actually does help, so thank you!

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  3. Interestingly, I had a tooth extracted just yesterday. I wasn't surprised that was the recommendation, but I had no time to mentally prepare and/or worry. It was uncomfortable but not painful, and I haven't had any pain since. I hope your experience is as pain free as mine. Wishing you well!

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    1. thank you for your good wishes...

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