It's just this little chromium switch, here... (derspatchel) wrote,
It's just this little chromium switch, here...

The procedure on Monday went far far better than expected. Walked away in an hour or so with a very numb mouth and a half-numb nostril, which kept flaring in confusion. The guy behind the counter at Store 24 was curious and I couldn't explain it.

"No, I can't control it right now. It's just ... it's confused."

I realized that I was basing all my worries on the last root canal I had over ten years ago. The tooth in question then was a molar with an angry streak, and the surgeon had to take away most of it in order to get it just right for the eventual crown/bridge. I had a post sticking out of my tooth for a while then, which was helped only partially by the temporary bridge they gave me. (It was a nasty thing, a rubbery sort of temp bridge that I couldn't wait to replace.) I was expecting something along those lines again, only hopefully without a horrid rubbery temp bridge.

But lo, I was in a new office in a new goddamn century and here I was staring at my digital x-rays, watching the doc play with 'em and zoom in and show me all sorts of groovy things about my broken teeth. The oral surgeon was quick, he didn't do anything I wasn't expecting, and was nice to boot. He did stick a needle in the roof of my mouth before it was numb enough to not care, but that was the most uncomfortable I was the entire time unless you count the nostril-flaring afterwards.

As it turns out the surgeon was able to keep the front-facing half of the tooth intact. He excavated from behind and managed to patch it up with a temporary filling. I can't chew on the tooth as it sends sting shivers up my nerves, but I wasn't doing much chewing on it anyway. Carolyn thoughtfully brought me soup on Monday night and I had pasta last night. I inadvertently overcooked the pasta, which was just as well considering I don't want anything crunchy for a while.

Today the tooth is a little sore but not as bad as yesterday. This is nice because today I have a whole nother litany of health complaints. Goddamn throat.

The next dentist appointment is in two weeks, and I hope I have the money for it then.

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