D Day (Dentist Day) Monday Morning.

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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/18/2010 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
You might remember my panicky post a couple weeks ago when I developed an infection near a tooth with a temporary filling. I'm still on the antibiotics from my doctor. Tomorrow, Monday morning, at 8:30 am I see the dentist.

I have no idea if the dragonlady booked enough time to actually work on the crown preparation, or just what he'll do, but I really hope he'll get on with it, because this waiting is killing me.

Positive: I'm getting to see him.

Negative: 8:30 a.m. appointment. Mornings are just the absolute WORST. (I'm sure most of you understand this.)

Positive: I was able to buy some dental insurance, an indemnity plan, that starts August 1st. That will help with the second broken molar - which also needs a crown, and the two fillings that he said I'd need (20 months ago.)

Negative: I have a childhood fear of dentists due to a frightening dentist I saw as a child.

Negative: Major fear of medicines including novacaine etc since I'm so allergic to so much and also get chronic hives. I don't think the pain worries me nearly as much as the prospect of swelling up and dying. *eye roll* I really would like to shed that phobia!

Positive: I am doing fairly well keeping my conscious mind calm.

Negative: However, my subconscious is whammy-ing me about it by giving me flare symptoms that I haven't experienced for at least a year. Muscle twitches all over, vague pains, joint pains, light headedness ... in addition to my standard stuff Geez. How I could do without stress.

Any happy thoughts you could send my way for tomorrow morning would be greatly appreciated.

sotiredoffibro
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   Posted 7/18/2010 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Think of it as giving a speech think of your dentist naked and you wont be so scared. Probably not the best advice but its all I can think of right now. I will be praying for you.
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/18/2010 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
blush My dentist naked? Ack! LOL

Thanks, Shirley. I appreciate that. smilewinkgrin

MinnyMouse
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   Posted 7/18/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Man oh man, this sounds like my storey from two weeks ago all over again, except that I got to the dentist and they also found an infection in my gums, but since I had knee replacement in Jan, they refused to treat until I had a big dose of anti-biotics. I too have fears of dentists because of my childhood. Boy to they play a big part in your adult life.
Good luck in the morning. AM is horrible for me as well, but I pretty much try not to do much because it seems anything can make it worse in a minute.

Advise I got was to take a good dose of pain medication before I go. Planning on doing that next week when I get to start all over again.
Maybe you can get them to give you some gas.... LOL.. a little levity.
I did the gas last time and guess I told my dentist every family secret that existed. Didn't have any fears after they turned on the gas....

Good luck and positive thoughts going your way
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Sherrine
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   Posted 7/18/2010 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Changing negatives to positives.
 
Since you have a morning appointment, you don't have to think about it all day long.  You will be home before lunchtime and it will be over for you.
 
Dentistry has improved by leaps and bounds over the years.  What happened to you as a child would probably not happen today.  Dentistry is practically painless.
 
I don't take novocaine.  I request a non-allergentic form and it works just as good as novocaine but I don't get the heart palpitations.
 
You shouldn't get a flare from a dental visit.  I've got more crowns than Queen Elizabeth and have never gotten a flare from dental work so don't accept that negative thought.  YOU be in control.
 
I'm sure your appointment will go far better than you can imagine.  I'm really happy that you were able to get some dental insurance.  I will help take the "sting" out of the bill.  Be sure to let us know how things went for you.
 
Sherrine
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Dagger
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   Posted 7/18/2010 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Tell your doc that you have fibro and may need to take a few breaks to close your mouth or stretch out your neck muscles.

Plan something relaxing and pleasant for the afternoon so you have something to look forward to.

Good luck!

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/18/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Minny. Sorry to hear you had similar issues lately. Knee replacement? You're a real trooper. LOL @ the famiily secrets. :D

Thanks, Sherrine. That helped, too! I'll be sure to check in when I'm finished.

Thanks, Dagger, those are good suggestions.

Guess I better try for some sleep pretty soon. 'Night everyone.

livenlaugh
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   Posted 7/19/2010 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Luck and I will be thinking of you.  My turn is Thursday morning at 9am.  I am having a root canal or possible extraction.  I too have a fear of the dentist but I know that this dentist is good. You received some great advice.  Hope you enjoy the rest of your day! 

TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/19/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I'm home already and it is only 9:30 a.m. He put a temporary filling on again and took x-rays. He said there is no infection that he can see in there now, nor on the x-rays. However, he wants me to finish my antibiotics (end Wednesday night I think?) and see what happens in the days following. He said if the infection comes back, it might mean the root would be infected or dead. If it doesn't, it means it was just food getting caught under the gum causing a lesser infection. If it is the root - well - that's root canal AND crown (VERY expensive he said) or extraction because it isn't a vital tooth. If it doesn't get re-infected, we can go ahead with just the crown safely. So I have to play wait and see a while yet.

Things I don't know: I don't know how to decide about extraction vs root canal. I also better call and find out what I should do if I have a problem when he's closed. He is close Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Part of me is happy I didn't have to go through it today, the other part of me is sad that I'll have to get ready all over again. But - it is what it is - and I'll try to just roll with it.

The dragonlady was actually friendly toward me. I just rolled with that. I didn't expect it.

Livenlaugh - I'll be thinking of you Thursday. Give us all a shout if you want some encouragement. You see how nice everyone was for me. :)

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/19/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I, personally, always try to save teeth.  Once it's gone, it's gone plus your teeth can shift and even change your bite.  This happened to my mother.  She had a tooth pulled to save money. 
 
I suppose you could have the tooth pulled and wear a bridge or nesbit partial so the teeth don't shift.  I prefer the root canal and then a crown.  I have four teeth like that in my mouth and am glad I saved them.  One is a wisdom tooth but it is a chewing surface for me.  
 
Sherrine 


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AKMamaBear
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   Posted 7/19/2010 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad your appointment went as well as it did. Like you, my fear of dentists goes way beyond the norm; so much so that I waited literally years before finding one that would both listen and serve my needs concerning this nearly paralyzing fear I have. Now, having had more work done on my mouth than I care to remember, I will offer you this; like your dentist said, "it isn't a vital tooth." And, as long as it isn't located in the front, I would suggest an extraction and no, not because of the cost, as much as this would solve the dilemma of yours ie., having to go to the dentist/specialist (for this problem) at least two more times; the time involved with healing (much shorter than a root canal), the extra pain medication you'll find you need to take (and who really wants to swallow more pills than they have to), and lastly because you would be less-likely to find yourself in this same predicament somewhere down the road, (another infection).

So, there's my two-cents worth of advice, and I hope it's been of some value to you. I'm thinking of you, AKMamaBear
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TheChickenPrincess
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   Posted 7/19/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sherrine and MamaBear. You both have valid points and it helps me to know all of this. Still a tough decision, and I hope I don't have to make the choice at all. Possibly, the dentist would give me his perspective if it comes to this. My b/f said he had this same tooth removed when he was in the military - and has a bridge now. He recommends trying to save the natural tooth if at all possible. So, lots of stuff to think about. Again, let's hope I might not have to even make this choice if there is no further problem with infection or roots.

Sherrine
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   Posted 7/19/2010 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
When I had the abcess in my wisdom tooth my dentist said that it needed to be pulled.  I told him I spent all of my life saving my teeth and that I was afraid they could shift on me if he pulled it, since I knew what happened to my mother.  He did agree with me and we did the root canal and the crown.  I think dentists are so used to having to pull wisdom teeth that he wasn't thinking.  I have a small mouth and had teeth pulled for braces so I wanted to hang on to my teeth.  I do have all four wisdom teeth and glad of it.
 
Sherrine
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God does not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.    2 Timothy 1:7

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