Tired and busier than I thought. More calls. More work. This weekend is beginning to look like a weekday of dogwalking (in addition to our two overnight guests). Hunny is so great to tolerate them - she actually seems to be enjoying herself. To add to the chaos, I made an appointment for a handyman to come check out the leaky ceiling on Saturday. Talk about a full house. We're expecting rain this weekend. No time to put it off.
So I went for what was supposed to be my last dental visit for a long time. The crown has been placed and filed. I'm there so often that everyone knows me by now. Three assistants hovered over my mouth to marvel at the beauty of the crown. Two of them weren't even working with me today. They just wanted to see. Ha! Hey, it makes for a more enjoyable experience.
I love my new dentist. Her care makes a world of difference. She takes her time. She explains things in a way that I can understand what's going on. She shares fun stories and kicks back while novocaine is setting in. I'm referring my friends to her. Even when my insurance runs out (end of this month) I'm going to continue with her.
This thirty-minute visit turned into two hours because I've been experiencing pain in a different area for a few days now. Today was the worst. I walked into my appointment holding my cheek. Timing is everything. I haven't been able to put anything in my mouth without feeling pain. Hot, cold, warm, soft, hard, sweet, bland, NOTHING. Eating a banana this morning was excruciating. How could this be? Those cavities were filled a few weeks ago.
Remember that other dentist who kept rushing and making mistakes? Remember how I went back to the office the day after my fillings because I was feeling pain? [remember that's how i found this new dentist?] Well, one of those fillings/teeth is the cause of the pain. This pain runs from my upper gums, to my cheek, to my ear, to my bottom gums, through my eyes, to my head. I couldn't find the source.
My new dentist found the source. She had to remove the filling and let the tooth relax (something about white fillings that expand in the process. Mine was too expansive, allowing air, food, water to hit the exposed nerve of the dentine). The filling was so close to the nerve, she thought I might need a root canal. But she's trying this one thing first. She filled the deepest part of the cavity with some kind of heavy duty cement (technical term, you know) and covered that with a temporary filling.
I have one month to let the tooth relax and see how it feels to eat, drink and breathe on that side. If all is well, I'll go back to get another layer of protection and then a permanent filling. I don't know how many visits that will require. And I don't care. I trust her.
If a root canal is needed that'll suck. But I trust that I'm in good hands. Still, let's hope this works.
And because she's reworking a cavity that should've been taken care of in the first place, there is no charge. What a relief.
General question: What's your favorite kind/brand of dental floss?