… and all I need is some antibiotics (for now).
Yes, that pesky wisdom tooth does need to come out and is the cause of my current toothache, but the dentist says it’s just an infection and the antibiotics should clear it up in a few days. I have a referral to a surgeon to get the wisdom tooth removed once and for all, and I guess it has had eight years more than it was supposed to.
Best of all, I’ve discovered that this new dentist rocks - I first became aware of this when I lay back in the chair, looked up - and saw a Simpsons poster on the roof above me! Although he promised me a prize if I found Snowball II, and failed to deliver. He was very good and put me at ease, and congratulated me on my bravery when it was done.
Anyway, yay for me! I survived the dentist!