March 5th, 2014

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Ready as I'll ever be

I'm up and coffeed and showered and dressed.  If I leave now, I'll get there way too early so I'm killing 15 minutes and I'll still get there early. The waiting room of a dentist office is no better than the dentist's chair.  My tooth is still better but it also, thankfully, hurts enough to make this trip worthwhile.

The time before the hurt kicks in

Well, it was an eventful dental appointment.  These people are really so kind and nice.  They looked at the offending tooth and the dentist said that he thought it could be saved.  He didn't see any infection in the x-ray.  So he suggested I go to a root canal guy and if the root was fine, we just do another composite fix but if the root wasn't fine, do a root canal and then come back and do a crows.  He was almost read to do the composite fix without the visit to the root canal guy when I asked him about the pain up at the top of the gum.

That turned his optimism into oh dear that does change things.  That means there is an infection that isn't showing in the x-rays.

Then I asked him about the down side of pulling it.  He did not present a compelling case.  One shot deal, no other visits to anywhere, dead it, do it, and gone.  And cheaper than any other options.

PLUS, his assistance said that he had an opening to do it in an hour. And they would give me something to take the edge off while I waited.   SOLD!  The actual process was not bad at all.  Since it was an upper tooth, my tongue didn't have to get numb.  I didn't get to keep the tooth so no tooth fairy.

He gave me a prescription for pain killers which he said I probably wouldn't need and I didn't even get filled.  I can feel my face beginning to hurt and he said it probably would for about 5 days with day 4 being the worst.  He said tylenol would fix it.  I believe.  At least I know that this starts the end of the hurt and not the beginning.

No hot foods and no foods that need to be chewed for 24 hours. I have applesauce, chocolate pudding, yogurt, milk and Diet Dr. Pepper.

He wants me to come back for cleaning but said it would take two or three sessions.  NFW.  I said I was good for 1 session but only if it were under sedation.  The sedation option is two visits - one for vitals and x-rays and one for cleaning (that's the sedation part) - total bill $1000.  Good to know. Not sure I'm going to avail myself of the opportunity just yet...

Now this thing is really beginning to smart.  Maybe I'd be smart to get that Percocet prescription filled after all.

On the up side, I stopped into Bartell's and got a prescription filled for the mouthwash he wants me to use and I paid by tapping my phone!  That was kind of  cool.

And I can finally see the caboose on the dental crisis of Q1 2014.  So there's that.

Old age and self endugence

What a big baby.  Children lose teeth every day.  Even I had a tooth pulled about 15 years ago and went right back to work.  Not today.  Came home and took a nap.  I got up and went to get that percocet prescription filled.  I came home and ate some pudding with one of the pills.  And went back to sleep and didn't wake up til after 5.

The hurt is way less now than it was.  Now it's just kind of ache all over my face.  But ache, not hurt.

For dinner I'm enjoying a Diet Dr. Pepper with some peanut butter on a spoon.  I'm thinking yogurt for a next course with more pudding for dessert.

I'm glad I did it.  $327 total bill which, honesty, I thought was pretty reasonable.  The root canal/crown deal would have been a whole lot more.  (The dentist was oh so kind in his discussion of all my options to include my silly proclivities as well as cost in his discussion 'you may find that involves too much time in the chair' and 'going this route, though, could really mount up the costs.'

I cannot imagine any scenario where I would feel comfortable in any dental situation but if I have to do it, these people were the best.  They were quietly careful and nice and patient and respectful without making a big todo out of my clear discomfort.

And I am sooooo grateful that they were able to get it all done in one morning. I cannot imagine how stressful it would have been to have had to go back another day to get the pull done.  Now, by the time, the pool opens on Monday, I'll be cleared to get back in.  All's well that ends well and the end of this is near!