I really couldn’t have predicted when I woke up this morning, that by the end of the day, I would be missing a tooth.
The past three days I have been in agony. At first I thought it was merely a sensitive tooth, but then the pain was so intense, even when I was practically gargling with Orajel max strength liquid, I got no relief. I slept maybe 4 hours in the past two days. By 10:30a this morning, I was in tears. I called my sister and we got me into a dentist (in the same building that her dentist is in) by 11am. I left work, got to the dentist, and was seen within 10 minutes. Right away the dentist found the problem. My upper left tooth, #15 to be precise, right next to my wisdom tooth, well… part of it was… missing! How I never felt ANY pain before the past three days…. anyway, he gave me two options, have a root canal or have the tooth pulled. I chose to have the tooth pulled, I didn’t see any point in keeping it especially since it’s not a tooth you can see if I smile or laugh anyway.
So next door we go, within 10 minutes I’m in a chair getting Novocaine shots. My sister and I chat for 15 minutes… but the Novocaine was only 75% working so they gave me another round… they were just about to hook me up to the IV to knock me out when thankfully the second round of Novocaine shots kicked in. He then proceeded to try and get the tooth out, apparently, my tooth was stubborn, but eventually he got it out in one piece. I asked to keep it of course! After that my sister and I went to the store to fill my 3 prescriptions, even without my having health insurance, total it was $14.00 for an antibiotic, vicodin, and motrin. I then went back to work and had an interesting yet painful time in answering the phone.
Cost wise, it was just about $400 and my sister paid it all. I am so grateful otherwise who knows how long I would have suffered.
By all means share with me your dentist stories and any hints and tips on how to deal with my freshly removed tooth!
Oh right…. new design too lol.