Thursday, August 26, 2010

Went to the Dentist!

As some of you already know, I have been dealing with teeth issues since I was a teenager. Slowly but surely I have had this tooth out and that tooth out, till I was finally down to less than half of my alotted amount. From what I know there are five stages to gum disease and I am currently at stage four. The gum line just keeps going and going farther down. No where near fun and at times extremely painful.

As a child, for some reason dental hygiene was not high on the list of things to do at home or at a dentist. My parents raised us with the motto "If it don't hurt then there is no reason to go see someone about it". Even to this day I have practiced this motto, it has been ingrained into me. Although now in retrospect I wish I had had all that preventive care that I was denied and ignored myself.

I have had this tooth bugging me for the last month or so and I desperately didn't want to have to get into my vacation savings to have it pulled. I'm sure yall are wondering "why not have it fixed instead of pulled?" Well the reason is that, way back when most all my teeth had been fixed at some point in time. With the gum disease the way it is, I would just have to keep doing it over and over and over again till they eventually fall out of my head. It's just easier on the pocketbook and less painful to get it over with and yanked out, than to mess with something that I know is just a temporary fix.

So the tooth was messing with me soo bad yesterday I finally broke down and called the dentists office. She (receptionist) told me to come on in right now. Crap I wasn't prepared for that!! Nerves, nerves, where for art thou nerves! It's not really the dentist I am scared off, it's the needle. My heart rate and pulse skyrocket and my whole body tenses up at the moment of the needle. I end up walking out of there shaking, bleeding and feeling like I had just went for an extreme workout.

Two teeth and $266 gone and my face feels like I was in a boxing match!
Just 13 left to go and I will have to start working on a savings budget for some new pearly whites! Yippie, wont I look purrty!

Naturally the dentist wants me to come back as soon as I get the money for another extraction, that should be in three months. UGH!

OH and apparently I am an oddity. Really Dr? Gee, I didn't know that! LOL! I had numbers 6 and 27 pulled. Number 6 broke, no oddity there. BUT number 27 was giving the doc a heck of a time, come to find out that particuar tooth is supposed to have only one root, mine had two!

I have always been told and have always know that I am weird, but now I have proof!! LOL!



kendrasue said... [Reply to comment]

I'm the weirdo! I LOVE going to the dentist! I like the smell and I just kind of close my eyes and relax when they're digging around! Hope your face feels better soon!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I hope you heal soon. I know the feeling. I have terrible teeth too. Must have been something to do with growing up in the country. Dental hygiene was low on our priority list too and we pay for it now!

kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, ouch! I'm wincing just reading about this. You poor thing....tooth troubles are unbelievably painful, right? And how frustrating to have to spend your heard-earned cash just to get rid of that awful pain.

I hope your tooth-troubles give you a break for a while...