The Half Tooth Lingering In My Mouth
Yesterday was almost bearable with the tooth pain. I took aspirin, tylenol and ibuprophen, rotating them. Went to bed and finally turned the TV off at 11:30. The searing pain woke me at 4:30 am and I have yet to find relief. How much Orajel is too much to ingest? Should I be worried? It doesn't help much, but gives a brief respite.
My appointment was today. I arrived with time to spare and had the X-rays done and then the dentist came in, asking about the left side of my mouth. The broken tooth is on the right side. The last root canal and crown I had done is infected!! He said it looked like it never completely healed and this was done over 2 years ago.
Having established that, he took a peek at the broken tooth and said it would need to be handled by the oral surgeon. Okay, I already knew that. I used my finger to trace the area in acute pain. From the middle of the top teeth and up to the eye orbit and over to my ear and down to my neck and back up to the middle of my mouth on the bottom. It is throbbing and screaming with pain. I was looking forward to some novocaine!
No needles, just a referral. How soon can someone see me? Not until Thursday ...... in Tennessee!! For a consultation. I will pick up a release for surgery from my cardiologist tomorrow, so why can't they cut it out Thursday? Are there no oral surgeons in North Carolina? HeWho has been dispatched for my antibiotic, but no pain meds. This morning at 4:30, I would have committed a crime for just one pain pill!
The dentist was going to confide a secret to me and told me that I could take 2 ibuprophen and 2 tylenol every four hours for pain. I already knew that trick, but what will those drugs do to my kidney and liver function? I already stopped taking my meloxicam because my kidney numbers were a little high.
I know there is an opioid crisis, but not everyone abuses them. He told me to take two penicillin tonight and I should feel better tomorrow. Really, antibiotics do not work that fast and will do nothing for the exposed nerve screaming in pain.
I wanted to cry and pitch a small fit, but that would just make me look desperate for pain pills. Nothing to do but get on with life and make it until the tooth is finally out. Soon .... I hope. It has already been 2 weeks so what's another week or so?