Well, most of you know I was due to have the tooth removed that my dentist from Hades had already put a new crown on, and done a root canal which failed. So my periodontist today pulled the tooth. I forgot how much this all hurts after the novacaine wears off!
My jaw is throbbing and it's only been 2 hrs. since my percocet. I have a hunch it's going to be a long night.
It's odd, but losing that tooth is just so symbolic. At least it was something tangible, and I wanted to take it home, but my dentist said he wanted to keep it because he wanted to photograph it - something about
the unique way the bone was lost. He did show it to me, though, so I had a chance to say good-bye (I know, silly). He also gave me another prescript
ion for antibiotics, and I didn't even ask and he gave me a script
for vicodin. As a matter of fact, I reminded him I was on percocet, and he said he wanted to give me the script
anyway in case the percocet doesn't cover the pain. I doubt I'll fill it uniless things get really bad. Tonight it's been ice, but my hand goes numb after holding the ice bag up!!
But the interesting (kind of fun) thing is that he put in cow bone that's supposed to help grow bone (like our spinal fusions) and in 4-6 months if enough bone has grown back he'll put in the implant. (Dani knows all about
this, and I can't imagine the pain from having so many teeth pulled!) Anyway, if I start MOOOOing you'll know why!
And he didn't charge me a dime for today's work.
I thought I would share how his sheet of post-operative instructions start out:
"There are no major problems you may have following your surgery, however, no question is too small to call about
. If you have any questions which aren't answered below, please don't hesitate to call me at the office or at my home." Then he lists his home AND cell phone numbers. I was struck by that, especially considering how many of our doctors treat us. (BTW this was not the same doctor that put on the crown and did the root canal a month or so ago - all of which was for naught)
Anyway, I wanted to post although I'm not sure why. Just up with a throbbing jaw.