As some of you might recall, my dentist retired last year. Because of this, even though I’ve had issues with my wisdom teeth, I haven’t really known where to go to get a second opinion. Today my Mom was scheduling her dental appointment at the office with the new dentist and mentioned my problem. Even though she has never met me, Dr. Harris gave me a call to talk through my continued pain and numbness. She also called the oral surgeon and told him to call me about it as well! I definitely didn’t expect such attention and I’m quite grateful for it. The oral surgeon called me after her and I finally got a little resolution.
While there isn’t much I can do except continue taking ibuprofen, I did learn that the pain is probably muscular and should go away within a few weeks. The numbness should also fade in the next 6 months! While certainly not ideal, it is good to know that my discomfort isn’t totally strange and will eventually go away. Thank you, Mom, for bringing it up and Dr. Harris for doing follow up!
Today marks two weeks without wisdom teeth. Knowing what I know now, it is ridiculous that the oral surgeon even mentioned that I could be back to work in 3 days. More like 3 weeks!
However, slowly but surely I have been improving. I still wake up sore and usually need an ibuprofen but that is the only pain meds I take. A part of my chin is still numb from where the oral surgeon hit a nerve but from what I’ve heard, that doesn’t go away. It makes me feel a little self-conscience because when I eat I convince myself there is food stuck there and I can’t feel it. I assume I’ll get used to it with time, though.
Mostly I eat pudding. Pudding is a delicious snack and I’m totally okay with using the surgery as an excuse to eat more. I’ve decided my favorite is the chocolate vanilla mix. Best of both worlds. I may or may not have gone seriously overboard with my pudding buying this week.
I am starting to suspect dry rot. I know I have been going on about my wisdom teeth for several days now and I apologize…it isn’t that interesting. However, I haven’t had much else to occupy my mind and only recently have started reading. I called the dentist’s office and the nurse (?) person didn’t seem too worried about my continued pain. In fact, he assured me that since I was a little older, it was natural for me to have a longer recovery time. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. However, from what I have read about it, dry rot might fit the bill…though perhaps not explain why I was bleeding yesterday.
I am back at the oral surgeon’s on Thursday so I guess I can find out for sure then. However, I really hope it isn’t. Being on this much pain meds makes me positively useless and work starts again tomorrow!
Day 2 without wisdom teeth unfortunately finds me once again at the doctor’s. I haven’t stopped bleeding. The pain and swelling hasn’t actually been that bad. Doctor doesn’t know what is wrong. Sigh…and now my stomach is upset!
Today I get my wisdom teeth out. Finally! I was supposed to have this done two years ago but a miscommunication in scheduling prevented it from happening. I’m torn between a sense of relief that I will soon have this over with and nervousness about the actual procedure.
You see, I don’t like the oral surgeon. He has no bedside manner. He told me I have protruding veins in my hand and that it will be easy to poke a needle into them. I think he meant it as a compliment. He also told me that I have large molar roots. I’m less sure if that was meant as a compliment. In either case, what girl wants to be told she has big veins and large roots?
At least in a little while this will all be over and I can get down to the real business of lounging about for a few days while I heal up. I’ve checked out a whole stack of books and I’ve been saving a few TV shows I want to try. At least some good will come of this!