It doesn’t hurt right now, thanks to the four Advil I just took, but the entire left side of my jaw has been just killing me for the last five days. I went to the dentist on Friday, and I found out why.
(close this thread now if you’re squeamish about dental work!)
Okay, I haven’t been to the dentist in about three years. Not because I’m scared, but because I’m lazy. But last week, my jaw just started hurting really really bad. It felt like a toothache. So, I went to the dentist. I still have the two wisdom teeth on the left side–that is, I’ll have them until Wednesday. I have to get them pulled, and the dentist is not going to wait. On the tooth on the lower left, under the gumline, there’s a cyst. He showed it to me on the X-ray. It’s pretty darn visible, even for someone like me who doesn’t know jack about X-rays.
The dentist said that if I don’t get it take out ASAP, and it happens to burst, it could do real damage to my jawbone. He also said it’s mildly infected now, and that it’s probably been chronically infected for quite some time. That most likely explains why I’ve been feeling rather under the weather since last summer. If I’ve got this chronic low-grade infection, it’s got to be lowering my immunities to other stuff, thus making me more suceptible to other stuff.
So, out come the teeth. Fun fun fun. Dental work really doesn’t bother me all that much, but this is a little more serious than I’m used to, and I know I’m going to feel like crap afterwards. I can deal with pain. Hey, after one has given birth three times without benefit of drugs, one’s entire definition of pain changes. But this I will admit–mouth pain is abso-freakin’-lutely miserable. It reduces me to an even deeper level of blithering imbecility than I’m usually at.
Oh, but you know what’s even worse than having these teeth removed? There’s some spots of decalcification (not quite cavities, but almost) on some of my teeth. The doctor said that the fact that I am a Coca-Cola junkie has a lot to do with that, and told me I’d better switch to diet. So I did.
Man, how do you people drink this stuff?