My first four teeth were pulled when I was in 4th grade when I got braces, to make room for the wisdom teeth to come. The wisdom teeth were pulled when I was a freshman in college (nothing says spring break like sitting on the couch eating ice cream and watching soap operas). That made 8 total, all planned.
Yesterday they pulled another one, but this was totally unexpected. I’ve been having pain on the right side of my face, alternating between teeth and sinuses, for almost a year. I went to the dentists 3-4 times last fall, had x-rays taken, and had my teeth poked and prodded but nothing was found. They said it was a sinus infection because nothing showed up with the teeth.
I’ve had at least 3 courses of antibiotics which helped but not for long, so my primary care doctor referred me for a CT scan of the sinuses and a visit to an ENT. She didn’t find a single thing – the scan was clear. But my cheeks hurt, my head ached, and my teeth started to hurt again when I was eating. So it was back to the dentist.
They took more x-rays, which looked exactly like the ones in the fall (I saw them, too, and they looked like twins). But this time the dentist saw something different in my mouth: part of my upper back left molar was wiggling when I bit down. Just part, the rest of the tooth stayed put. Not good. Verdict: fractured tooth.
There was no way to tell how much was fractured but the plan was to pull the broken part and build up what’s left. Unfortunately, the tooth had fractured right down the middle, hidden on x-rays by the filling, and there was no way to save the tooth at all. So 20 minutes and lots of novocain later, it was out in two pieces, and the roots showed signs of chronic infection. The hole will heal and I won’t be replacing the tooth.
The mouth feels better this morning but I’m making it a low-key day with Tessie, which works for both of us 🙂