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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Worst. Dentist. Appointment. Ever.

So I got a filling done 3 weeks ago and have been having issues with that tooth ever since. I can’t chew anything on the left side so I’ve gone back 3 times to have it looked at. Today was the third time.

Oh. My. God.

Apparently when they put in the filling, it aggravated the other old filling in that tooth. So the plan today was to replace the old filling. Sounds easy right? At least it didn’t have a fracture like they originally thought.

So the dentist injected me full of whatever it is they use for freezing and we waited for it to kick in. Turns out my dentist in moving to Newfoundland in a week. The freezing wasn’t quite enough to freeze everything so she injected some more. Immediately, my knees got tingly, my heart started racing and I wanted to either faint or puke. Luckily neither happened. But they sat me up a bit and we waited for me to feel better. Did you know that whatever it is they use for freezing has epinephrine in it? Yippee! Blech.

So once I started feeling better, they started working on the filling. Nope! Not frozen enough. So she tried a more localized anesthetic. Lalalala… waiting for it to kick in. And she starts back on the filling. FECK! Still not frozen enough.  (I'm having flashbacks to the horror that was getting my wisdom teeth out and the nitrous not working.)

What to do…. What else can I do? It hurts to leave it, it hurts to fix it.

Fuck it. Fix it. God I’m tough.

I’d love to tell you that it’s all fixed and over with but no. The nerve is so aggravated that to put a permanent filling in right now would be stupid. So they put in a temporary filling that has a built-in sedative. Hopefully that will calm the nerve enough to make putting in a permanent filling in four months easier and less painful.

The whole left side of my face is numb, I have a slight lisp and I keep biting my tongue.

When all is said and done though, my old dentist NEVER froze me for any of my old fillings. So I guess this isn’t too bad. I told my new dentist that if worst comes to worst, we could just yank it; I mean I don’t really need that molar, do I?

She didn’t think that was funny.


posted by LadyLipgloss at 2:25 PM


I feel for ya Jenn, really I do! I too have been subject to a terrible visit to the dentist today - a root canal on an infected molar. Hope your tooth starts to feel better soon.

10:46 PM  

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