22 January, 2013

It’s a tortured, tortured mouth

Who hasn't had tooth trouble? Not me. I've been plagued with dental issues all through the 3.2 decades that I have been around.

Premature torture

It all began pretty early at that tender age when those milk teeth fall. Now you’re probably thinking, doesn't that happen to everybody, well yes, the part where those baby teeth get all shaky one by one and  must come off. No one escapes ‘that.’ Listen to this, when I visited my dentist for one of those customary extractions,  he insisted that another tooth also be removed even though it wasn't naturally ready to go. So we went the unnatural way to force it out. I was given what was probably my first injection in the mouth so as to  numb my tender gums, and PLUCK! All  this because a  new tooth didn't seem to have enough room to rise and shine.

Injustice! 

In due course, that gap was filled and when the brand new tooth came, the older ‘new tooth’ had ended up depriving it of its rightful place. And that didn't seem to matter to the dentist, I guess. I now have a conk canine tooth on my lower jaw  and it looks like its in a row of its own. It doesn't really bother me so it’s fine with me.

List of procedures

My tooth problems didn't stop with that first injection. Over the years, my mouth and the pearly whites inside it, have been exerted to a lot of torture. Cavities, fillings, root canals... I've been there; done all that. Even a surgery to get  two of my wisdom teeth out because they were hurting in the insides of my cheeks.  Those were the ones that belonged to my right side.  Forcing the wise one on the upper jaw was quite an easy job compared to what had to be done to the neighbour downstairs. That one was tricky and tough and there was a fracture in the jaw at the end of  it all.

Each time a tooth is dentally taken care of, I think it is the end of my tooth trouble and just as I begin to settle down, I learn that another tooth needs help.

So on and so forth my visits to the dentist just kept continuing.

Over the years I've visited so many dentists that I've lost count of them. Honest. Now that can be attributed to my moving from one city/town to another and being 'referred' to specialists. Having entered and exited several dental clinics, I don’t even know which dentist treated which tooth.

More visits to the dentist, more  torture

Now you've probably heard of foreign objects being left behind in human bodies during surgeries. Have you heard of equipment or bits of equipment being left in teeth? I have. Believe me -- there is a small zigzag portion of a dental file embedded in one of mine. It might have been a mistake or it might just have gone unnoticed during a root canal treatment. The weird part is that I don’t even know which dentist worked on that tooth. The object was discovered last year when I had a tooth x-ray taken at a new root canal specialist's. By the way I was there to get a root canal re-done. Anyway this new tooth doctor tried his extreme best chisel off the filling and take out the piece of file and finally gave up. He said it may not have an effect on that tooth so for now, I can do little other than try to believe him and hope for the best.

Some more tooth trouble 

A few months after that, I felt pain in my gums on the right side of my upper jaw. When I got tired of depending on Orajel, and when I managed to get an appointment fixed, I made my way to my dentist and he told me that there was a crack in a crown and that was bringing about an infection and the tooth next to it needed to be crowned too so it was suggested that both be done together. Thus I sat at on the dentist chair for four hours straight. I got back home and found that my mouth was sore from all the stretching. Anyway it was over and the pain would go eventually, I thought. And that was exactly what happened.

Oh no! 

All was well until two months ago when a part of another tooth came off during a flossing session. So off I went to my dentist, like a good girl. The news this time was that it was a part of one of the two wisdom teeth remaining and it was decaying to say the least. I kind-of knew it, this time. Something told me that if I didn't report this one soon, I would be sorry.

As expected, it was beyond repair so Mr.Dentist sentenced it to be removed. The procedure: collect the referral from the front desk, get the extraction done at a dental surgeon’s. And while I was it, it's best to do away with the last remaining wisdom tooth too. Apparently that one is also not problem free. It lies within my gums, HORIZONTALLY. If it had been completely buried in there it wouldn't have been a problem but there’s a small portion of it sticking out of my gums; like the tip of an iceberg. Now that is a sign of impending doom (read deadly infection that could harm my gums,  big time).

So Dental surgery, here  I come -- AGAIN!

A panoramic X-ray.
Look at tooth 17 (highlighted) - that's what a wisdom tooth looks like when horizontal. :)



25 comments:

  1. Injustice...that's what it is!!!!Last time I went, I had an old filling replaced and it was a very traumatic experience. At the end of it, the dentist non-nonchalantly mentioned "you might have to come back in next week and get a root canal. I'm not sure if that filling will hold."....brrrrr
    Current state:
    My teeth are fine and feel perfectly healthy. I have no urge to visit the dentist until I feel pain!
    Take care, Divya. Get rid of that torturous 'iceberg'...and stay well!All the best!

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    1. Removing a filling? Tell me about it! It feels like there's a quarry in your mouth, no? Gosh, so uncomfortable.
      Thank you so much for your wishes, Panchali di. You take care of your tooth too. I hope that pain never arrives and you won't have to undergo all that digging into the root. :)

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  2. I shuddered as I read through this post Divya:) Best of luck to your teeth n gums in the New Year:)

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    1. I know ... I just have awful luck with my teeth. It looks like sometimes it's not enough if you just take good care of your teeth. :(
      Thank you for wishing me luck. I really need some of it as I go into that surgery. :)

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  3. I am scared now, Good God, it's a torture to say the least. My teeth have spaces and I have to go for some treatment so that they become close and stick together during my old age. Now, I am really scared, someone has to motivate me for booking an appointment.

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    1. Don't be, Saru.
      Get that done fast, I don't think it'll hurt much. If it's going to take a while, maybe they'll let you watch a movie as they go about working on your teeth. That's a fun experience -- sitting on a dentist's chair and watching a movie. ;)

      Lemme know how it goes. All the best, Saru. :)

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    2. I have to and will keep you posted of my experiences. :)

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  4. Cheer u!
    This poem is for you

    My Loose Tooth

    I had a loose tooth, a wiggly,

    jiggly loose tooth.

    I had a loose tooth,

    hanging by a thread.

    So I pulled my loose tooth,

    this wiggly, jiggly loose tooth.

    And put it 'neath the pillow

    when I went up to bed.

    The fairies took my loose tooth,

    my wiggly, jiggly loose tooth.

    So now I have a nickel and a hole in my head.

    By: Ruth Kanarek

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    1. :) He hee! that's a cute one, Melia.
      Thank you. That did cheer me up. And guess what, I'm gonna save that for my little one and his milk teeth that will soon get all wiggly-jiggly. Thank you once again. :)

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  5. All this is making my tooth ache :-)
    I know its not laughing matter but a visit to the dentist is something everyone abhors.
    I can't even sit for a so called "tooth cleaning"
    That panoromic xray of yours looks very "sophisticated"

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    1. Haha! I'm sorry. I know, it's not exactly pleasant. But I seem to be laughing about it all, because I've been to the dentists too many times. :)
      Tooth cleaning is an irritating experience. I like the polishing that happens at the end of it.

      That's the second time I got a panoramic x-ray done. The first one taken in Bangalore was also much like this, except they made me take out all 6 of my earrings. So there weren't all those extra decorations. :)

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  6. ok now you got me reminded of a tooth that been aching for a while now and i am ignoring- which I know I shouldnt be, but I am shit scared of the dentist lol!! hope you have a less scary one this time around :| hugs!

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    1. I've done a lot of that. Go to the dentist asap, Poonam' before it gets too bad.
      All the best, take care.
      Aww... thank you my dear. :)

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  7. ack!! It's this reason why I hate going to the dentist! You think you are going for a routine procedure, but you always end up having to come back for more torture!!

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    1. Exactly! That's how it is.
      Horrible state of affairs, I say :D

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  8. Oh my goodness. You had to go through a lot. I thought I my teeth problems were something but yours is in a different league altogether. A part of the equipment left behind in your teeth? Phew! That must have been horrible. The tip of the iceberg thingy sounds scary. I guess apart from these two things, I have actually been through all other things you have mentioned.

    The worst part for me was, you know the cap they put on after a root canal procedure, the one the Dentists confidently say will never come off? Well, mine came off while eating a Dose (Just 3 years after the procedure), and before I even realize what had happened, I had swallowed it. :D I immediately tried to regurgitate it, but in vain. :( I was shit scared, my dentist told me, it would have probably come out of my body in one of my 'nature calls' sessions. Its been two years since and I am still not sure whether it has. :P

    Take care, Divya. I hope all your teeth problems get sorted out completely. :)

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    1. Hey Akshay, first of all, so sorry for the late reply. I was taking some time off.

      Thank you so much, the surgery went on pretty well. They put me to sleep for the procedure so it was cool. The recovery took a while, but it wasn't too bad; I expected worse, I guess. :)

      I'm just so bored with these visits to the dentist. :(

      Sheeks! your permanent crown came off? I'm sure nature called it out. :) Don't worry.
      You got it replaced and that tooth is well protected now, na?

      You take care. Try not to swallow another crown. Gosh...now that's something I need to worry about, I guess. :)

      Have a great week Akshay.

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  9. Omg..
    I,being the owner of healthy teeth never realised how blessed I am until I read your post. Thank you Lord.

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    1. :)
      Good for you. Take care of your pearly whites, Jyoti. I hope you won't have to go through all this torture, ever.
      Have a great weekend.

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  10. Don't worry DN, you are not alone. I had all my four wisdom teeth removed. Wisdom overload that demanded offload, you see :)

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    1. Same pinch. :) Nice to know of company. :)

      I'm kinda relieved that there's less teeth to look after, now. Aren't you?

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  11. Don't worry, you aren't alone. I got all my four wisdom teeth removed, albeit without any loss of wisdom ;)

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    1. We don't need those troublesome teeth. I keep hearing of people having to take them off. I wonder why we even get them. :)

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  12. I swear !!

    I hate it like anything ! That panic, that sound of that horrible machine, that pain which makes u scream!!

    Scary !!!!

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    1. I know ... the machines working on your teeth are the most annoying things:-/. But I love the way my teeth feels after a cleaning and the mint-flavoured polishing that follows. :)

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