Don’t worry, I promise no pictures this time. My gum has finally stopped being sore on it’s own and is now only sore if I poke the socket or press against the underlying jaw through the gum flesh (yes yes, so why do I keep doing it). The gum is growing over the wound slowly, but it’s still pretty tender. I can however, finally, eat on both sides of my mouth again, although it’s going to take some getting used to. On the right side, the gap means I push food down below the top molar into the gap, rather than tearing it, it sort of just pushes it around. I have to jiggle the food around a bit to get it over a tooth edge and hence truly chewed.
Since I have no one else to blame other than myself for this piece of mouth stupidity, I’m still beating myself up about it (it’s a personality flaw). As Grete says, if I believed in God I’d make a great Catholic since I do personal guilt so well.
So it’s progress anyway, and I’m pleased it’s finally getting somewhere. The pain under my tongue has mostly gone which I was attributing to the injections I got at the time, and for most of the time was causing more discomfort than the immediate gum pain. So that’s good, I’m pleased.
I still need to arrange another appointment for 2 fillings and some cleaning, but I’ve been putting that off, partly due to cost and partly due to well, it being the dentist. I’ll try and get that done soon.
Yeh, I know you’re sick of reading about me being sick but hey, there you go. So quick jaw update – it hurts. It feels bruised and stretched and chewing hurts my jaw muscles. The gum / tooth socket / whatever-the-hell-the-hole-is-called hurts but that’s more of a dull throb. The good news is Nurofen fixes both of those pains for at least 4 or 5 hours once it kicks in, so it’s manageable. Eating hurts even if I’ve taken pain killers so I think it’ll be soup and soft-stuff for a little while yet.
I’m nervous about how chewing is going to work on the right side of my mouth now I’ve had the tooth out. Basically I’m expecting to struggle because I’ll be pushing food down into the gum since the molar on my upper jaw is still there. I’ve not chewed anything on that side of my mouth for nearly a month now, and I always favoured the left side anyway, but I’d like to get at least some action going on on the right side sometime soon.
Slept ok last night, did wake up at 4:10am again, Bubbles was whining but I tricked her into going downstairs and then closed the bedroom door (yes, I am evil, thank you for asking). That was fine until about 7:30 when Fizz decided she HAD TO BE IN THE BEDROOM and spent 10 minutes scratching at the door. Anyway, when I first woke up I was worried I’d have too much pain to get back to sleep but it was actually okay and I was back asleep really quickly. Considering how painful it was the night before I’m taking that as a good sign.
Grete’s cold seems a little better this morning which is good news. We’re going roleplaying tonight which is a 40 minute drive each way and it sucks for her having to drive when she can hardly breathe.
Bubbles is ok after her vet visit and has some medication, it’s not cystitis, but more likely stress related. Yes, even one of our cats is stressed. In this household? Who would have thought it. So, vet bills and dentist bills mean it’s going to be a frugal Christmas.
I guess I need to look harder at finding NHS dental treatment.
edit: 15:14 21st November: So Grete’s cold had her fooled and it’s come out full force in the last couple of hours. We’ve had to cancel roleplaying which sucks royally but I’m really sure driving 40 minutes each way and a 1am finish is not what Grete needs tonight.
My jaw is pretty sore now, both the muscles from holding it open for 20 minutes and having my lower jaw stressed hard when the tooth was pulled, and also the gum/jaw area where the tooth was removed now actively hurts (pulsing pain).
So, here’s a few pictures of the tooth I had extracted. Feel free to show these to your kids, or your nieces and nephews as a reminder of why they should,
- brush their teeth more than they do
- take the advice of their dentist when he says ‘you should consider having your wisdom teeth out’
This tooth was impacted by one of my wisdom teeth growing into it at an angle, and basically got a cavity and decayed at the point of impact, until the hole you see was caused when that part of the tooth fell away a few weeks ago. I was lucky, it didn’t hurt.
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I really needed this Friday to turn up. Unfortunately I’m on-call this coming week, but at least the cold is finally beginning to abate. I’m left now with just a stuffed nose and an irregular cough, instead of a streaming nose and a constant cough, which is how it’s been for three days.
My stomach/chest muscles hurt from the coughing, I hate having colds. The wound on my thumb never really hurt, it’s odd. i expected at least some pain, but it’s knit together pretty well and there’s only any soreness if I press it. Had to move the dentist appointment to next week, couldn’t imagine sitting in the dentist chair coughing and trying to keep my mouth open. So, got that fun to come next week, really really not looking forward to it.
D&D tomorrow and lunch with some friends on Sunday should be good, I’m hopeful the coughing will have totally gone by then.
eating with only one side of your mouth is very hard work, requires a lot of concentration not to move the food around.
i never knew that before.
another smaller piece of tooth.
i know you like being kept up-to-date.
last slice of toast, crunching sensation in my mouth didn’t feel good.
got a piece of tooth out about 4mm x 4mm x 1mm in size.
guess i’ll be going to the dentist tomorrow.