Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Dental Face

Proving that I do indeed look like hell after a day of torture at the dentist's office.  You'll just have to trust me when I say I had hella speech to match.

After my first experience with this dentist, she knows well enough to overload me with novacaine.  Today was supposed to be the beginning of the end of my visits.  After six agonizing shots of oozing numbing fluid (two of which I could swear pierced my sinuses) and two hours in the compromising dental position, we found out, there's more beneath the surface than we thought.  Or rather, there's less.

Today I had a deep cleaning on the entire right side, three fillings and one cavity that turned out to be almost large enough to require a root canal -- Almost -- was prepared for another crown.  My insurance copayment for a crown still leaves me with a hefty tab.  There goes rent!

This visit was the worst so far.  Still, I wanted my dentist to do all she could while I was planted in the chair.  I didn't want to leave.  "What else can you do? Now's the time.  I'm completely numb."  No one understood a word I said -- including myself!  The assistant nodded, smiled and handed me a cup to rinse and a paper towel to wipe the drool from my chin. [precisely why I rejected Aileen's request for an audio entry.]

So, at this point, I have three more visits to go.  Gotta get the deep cleaning and fill a cavity or two on the left side next Wednesday.  Next Friday is more crown prep.  And two weeks after that is the crown placement.

Even though I know that's all I need (so far), I do know there's one more crown my dentist suggests.  But because it's only a suggestion, it's not covered on insurance.  I can wait.  Maybe I'll shop around for a different dentist.  More likely, I'll go to her since we now seem to be more comfortable with each other.  But seriously, rent comes first!

After this though, I will finally be able to say I'm caught up and current with all of my health appointments for the first time...ever!  Do you know how good that feels?


geminiwilder said...

I'll bet that does feel good.  I'm usually caught up...not at the moment...
Good for you for getting at it, though!  It'll be over soon.

xo Phinney

jennipooh3597 said...

After years without dental insurance... YES, I *do* know how that feels... and I've finally found a gem of a dentist!  I'm the same as you... you *have* me here... do AS MUCH AS YOU CAN!  LOL  Hope it feels better, Trish!  Love to you, Jenn

mkolasa101 said...

Doesn't it feel worst then it is...I mean I went last week and I was numb ear and all for most of the day.  Your head on that side feels so much bigger then the other side.  Ever forget and try putting lipstick on...oooops up to the ey.  Howver, this too will pass and it will be back to normal...keep your teeth but by all means pay the rent.


sunflowerkat321 said...

I'm glad you've found a dentist you're comfortable with for all this work.  As a dentalphobe myself...I know what a difference it makes.  My best tool though was seeing a hypnotherapist.  She made a tape during one of our sessions and I use it every time I go.  It allows me to relax to the point that the experience isn't like slow torture.

God/dess bless you.  I know all that work at once has to be rough...but I get it.  If you're numb...just do it ALL!!!!

irun01 said...

** Proving that I do indeed look like hell after a day of torture at the dentist's office. **

Ahhhhhh. . come on.  My favorite Rock Star looks good no matter what.  :)

andreakingme said...

I read this entry with one of my hands cupping my jaw. Although my jaw doesn't ache today like it did yesterday (from holding my mouth open for exam, cleaning, photos and x-rays), it still feels a kind of ... twinge. Poor Trishy. Cavities and cleaning are the pits. I feel for you, truly I do.

I go back on Monday for a consultation about my teeth health. I already know I have two cavities. I'm scared to learn what else might be wrong, but you know what they say about fear: better to know than NOT to know. And it'd really suck if a lost a tooth 10 years from now because I didn't take two hours to suffer through the repair of it.

I still want to go wee, wee, wee all the way home, though.

rgossett4195 said...

I always say I'd rather have a head full of crowns and fillings than dentures!! rose

earpatchgoddess said...

SORRY HONEY! It'll all be over soon and your teethies will be in top form!
Way to go! Pat Pat..

judithheartsong said...

I am proud of you! judi

indigosunmoon said...

I was never afraid to go to the dentist until I got
the dentist from HELL at my local Dental Center.
I left the office crying, and shaking!
Since then I'm terrified of going!
And I need to go now!
Hope you feel better tomorrow!

phlskygirl said...

T-Mo, would it be shallow of me to note, during your time of pain, that you look delicious in that shade of blue??

bridgetteleigh75 said...

Good for you!  I hate the dentist too...darn doctors.  ;P


kathlyna22 said...

oh come on!!
Audio entry!!

freeepeace said...

CAROL - Looking forward to those tip-top-form teeth.  As she was working on me this week she noticed bone pushing through my gums (under the gums).  She said I may be clenching or grinding.  She asked me if I noticed that.  I said, "Yeah, I told you that the first day and you didn't believe me."  Nice huh?

JUDI - Thanks :D

CONNIE - Awww ... that's a horrible experience if you left crying and shaking.  Find a loving dentist and walk through that fear.  It's worth it.  [the fear is usually worse than the experience.]  xo

A-HO <--heh heh!  Shallow as it may be, a comment like that is welcome anytime! :D  And, thank you.

BRIDGETT - It's a little comforting to hear you hate the dentist and/or doctors.  Must be the EX in your job title.  I mean, after being a nurse, I would think you'd be used to the...I dunno...the needles and nerves and utensils and whatnot.  No?

KATHLEEN - Ha!  Maybe next week.  I do have three more visits you know.  [but don't hold your breath.]  ;)

freeepeace said...

PHINNEY - Yeah, over soon, but not soon enough.  I don't look forward to the novacaine shots.  I need em, but I don't like em.

KAT - Honestly, I'm not thrilled with this dentist.  We just know how to deal with each other now.  But her bedside manner sucks.  She's overbooked.  It's like a clinic, but not.  My insurance is running out next month.  I'll be interviewing, now that I know what I need in a dentist.  Dentists are a dime a dozen.  I should be able to find one I resonate with.

IRUN - Aww, I can always count on your for a little ego boost. ;)

ANDREA - After reading your experience with your dentist, I was hoping to dance out of the office gleefully.  And though I was pretty gleeful (I took a whole Vicodin), I wan't dancing.  But I can handle it.  I've been the biggest (as you would say) weenie about the dentist all my life.  Which is why I have all this backed up work I need done.  Finally, I'm able to walk in there knowing I'm doing a good thing for myself.  [yay]  You too. [yay]

ROSE - I hear that loud and clear.  My fillings are white now ('cept a couple of old ones they wanna replace).  And the crowns are as close to tooth-colored as possible.  Kinda strange thinking they're not *really* my teeth.

grodygeek said...

It always feels worse than it looks. I had a very bad experience with a dentist getting my wisdom teeth out and it took me seven years to go see another dentist. I luckily found a very good gentle dentist. I lasted with her for a year and she left the state to get married. Sigh. I found another good one and I've been with her for 10 years. And yeah, I see her twice a year. I go for my first crown in two weeks. I can only afford one a year. Health care sucks for everyone, doesn't it?

I really wish you the best of luck. Its hard, but try to relax when you have the appointments. It will feel better, honest!

the cycling curmudgeon

mallory4284 said...

Ouch. That sure looks painful. I can't imagine. Blah. Dentists.

*off subject comment*
No, you don't owe me a CD. You actually sent me one quite a while ago. I don't remember when exactly, but I got it. That mailing envelope in my desk picture from the Monday photo shoot is actually that CD. So, no worries....

Anyway, hope you're feeling better, but considering this was posted two days ago, I would assume you least I would hope that the pain from a dentist visit wouldn't last two days....

Have a good one.

-- Mallory

babyshark28 said...

hey ya, stranger.

to be caught up on health appointments...priceless.  I am still aiming for that goal myself.

love the pictures.  those eyes say a lot. :)

sonensmilinmon said...

My teeth are hurting just thinking about what you went through, and just looking at those eyes of yours adds to it!  I think though the only thing missing from your picures is the dental drool!


aims814 said...

God love ya, honey! I know how you feel. I have spent a small fortune at the dentist. Which reminds me ... I better go for a follow up cleaning. :(  I haven't been in a while. No dental plan. My rent comes first too.

lgasilk4 said...

OMG this sound like what I've been going through lately... except of all weird things the cleaning hurt worse then the filling. I have another one on the 4th of April so well see how that goes. I know it sucks so good luck to you.

txsguinan said...

Oh, dear.  Six days ago!  I am so sorry about your pain.'s all over, at least for the time being.  Yay, right?