My New Refrigerator is in My Mouth
Figuratively speaking, of course.
I mean that the money that would have gone for the purchase of a new fridge instead went to pay for a root canal. Which of course sucks, but it could have been much worse.
For one thing, I had no pain – at least not in the past 2 years. I’m guessing that’s when the tooth died. The dentist overbuilt the crown that was put on it two years ago, which caused too much pressure on the tooth, which killed the nerve – though at the time it was misdiagnosed as merely being “inflamed” and was, at the time, very painful for a few days. But then the pain stopped and so it was assumed that the problem was resolved. Lots of weirdness in the interim, though – for example, for the past two years, I’ve been able to feel that nerve by pressing on my face. It didn’t hurt, but…that ain’t normal. Also, I’ve had a recurrent sensation of having a sinus polyp or some kind of blockage in the sinuses on that side of my face, which probably was the result of an abcess.
I only detected what was going on Wednesday evening. I was resting my face on my hand and discovered a hard knot in my cheek – definitely abnormal. I ran my finger along the top gumline and discovered a huge abcess on the order of 1/2″ – 1″ long but still completely painless. So off to the dentist I went on Thursday. He of course immediately put me on antibiotics and set up the procedure for this morning. And a good thing, too – I was so sick Thursday evening and Friday that I must have gotten in just before the infection really exploded. I had been feeling a little punky for a week or so, really tired in the evening and a bit achy and feverish, like I was coming down with a cold or something, but nothing ever materialized. It’s actually a good thing that I managed to detect the thing, since it wasn’t causing any pain – otherwise, I would have been really sick by Friday with no clue as to what the problem was. Even with having started the antibiotics, I slept 14 hours solid on Friday night and was still tired when I finally got up the next day.
In any case, the root canal got done today, and it wasn’t bad at all – you don’t have pain when the tooth is dead; at most there’s the discomfort of sitting in the chair with your mouth cranked open wide for an hour or so, but even that wasn’t all that bad. Of course, as luck would have it, I have extremely long roots on my teeth, according to the dentist. He said he’d never seen an abcess that size on anyone who wasn’t having pain. They gave me a prescription for pain medication but I haven’t filled it and won’t need to – I’m not having any pain and only very minimal swelling, so this thing should be a closed chapter when I finish up the antibiotics. I am still really tired though; as soon as I wrap this up, I’m about to head back to the couch for another nap.
So yeah, it sucks that the new fridge is going to have to be put off for quite a few more months, but at least the old one is still working fine – it’s just ugly and the icemaker hasn’t worked for several years now. But considering that 100 years ago I might well have died from this thing, it’s definitely an outcome I can live with.