I arrived at the dentist just on time, having spent too much time blogging.
It’s a very pleasant place and the dentist was very pleasant too, and very professional.
She checked which tooth it was, took another X-Ray to confirm, put me at ease, explained everything and applied the anaesthetic painlessly. A little later, as it didn’t seem to be taking, she put some more in. By this time my lip was fat and numb, my gums were devoid of feeling and there was even some dullness in my neck and cheekbones.
I was, it seemed, likely to have a numb face for four hours.
All was looking good. She took the crown off, poked around a bit, applied some pressure, and stopped as I raised my hand to indicate it was hurting. It wasn’t mild discomfort either, it hurt. She put more anaesthetic in, warned me my face was likely to be dead for around six hours, and tried again.
I was starting to lose feeling in my right ear and my eyelid.
I raised my hand. More needles, including a somewhat painful one that went into the tooth and root by the feel of it.
I gripped the chair arms, braced myself, sweated, trembled and was very relieved when she stopped.
“That’s hurting isn’t it?”
I can’t think how she came to that conclusion…
So she tried another type of anaesthetic and again hammered it home. The theory was that if it was uncomfortable it was going in the right place. The estimate of numbness went up to eight hours.
She grabbed the pliers, I grabbed the chair arms and resolved to be brave.
I didn’t exactly show myself up as a hero, but I’m happy to report that she broke before I did.
The problem was that I had an infection under the tooth and it wasn’t responding to the anaesthetic. Every time she pushed it was like she was ramming home a red-hot nail. In case you have never had an extraction, they push to break the grip of the roots before they pull.
I now have a gnarled stump of a tooth left, a box of antibiotics and another appointment – for the 15th January. I’m taking it philosophically though it’s hardly ideal.
There is a bonus, they have let me keep my gold crown, though it did need to go through the steriliser first. It’s been in my mouth for over 20 years without killing me, but once it’s out it seems that it becomes a health and safety issue.
That’s the featured image – my gold crown in a packet after being sterilised. I’m thinking that it might make a unique and personal charm for a charm bracelet. I mentioned it to Julia. I expect she might get used to the idea…
It’s not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but I’m not on top form right now.
The good news is that although the anaesthetic has worn off there is no real pain, just a bit of swelling and a slight ache. I’m hoping that this situation continues until the 15th.