Saturday, March 24, 2012

Loosing teeth

As I mentioned before, I lost some of my wisdom in my fist surgery ever. My dentist had been trying to get me to remove all four of my wisdom teeth and I have been putting it off as I was not into throwing my money at some monster who wants to inflict pain on me. That being the case I stuck his referral to the dental surgeon on my fridge and it sat their for years getting tattered.

I had a condition, two of them were impacted, the bottom pair were growing sideways and pushing against their sole neighbours. Based on the diagram above they were in the state of the teeth in the top left quad, 'angular'. Whatever the case or state was I went through a painful episode where the flap of gum over the teeth became inflamed and the top wisdom teeth that erupted fine were actually biting down on the gum. This was not a nice feeling so when it occurred a second time a couple of months after it was time for them to go.

Now I am not sure how much of a coincidence this is but my last regular blog post was on August 27, 2010 at 3am and because I keep such good records at 11am that same day I did the surgery. Apparently I did it at the end of my vacation, silly me I should have filed for some sick days to do this. Anyway I'm sure I could go into a lot of detail of the procedure like the surgeon sticking my jaw bone with anesthetic(the needle was actually stuck in the bone) or one of my teeth shattering as he pried it out with his mid evil pliers from under the gum but I wont. I will leave you with my attempts of recording the end result of what was left after the extraction.

Thanks to my lack of photography skills a picture is not worth a thousand words. What you are not seeing on the leftmost photo is the blood and tissue that remained after the tooth was ripped from my jaw bone. After all of the cutting, sawing and ripping I had to get stitches on both sides of my mouth. The nurse failed to tell me how traumatic(to my flesh) it would have been when she asked if I was only doing one side or both, If I only knew then just maybe I wouldn't have given her a sarcastic response of both.

The procedure was the easy part, it was the recovery period that was torture. Now due to this doctors careless stitching I was unable to bite down and close my jaws completely so there goes any hope of eating solid foods. My face was swollen, I couldn't talk and I was in serious pain. That week my meals consisted of things I could swallow with ease: ice cream, mashed potato, soup and bullybeef. It wasn't until a full seven days later when they removed the thread from the stitches that I could properly bite down and actually eat again.

I snatched this xray exposure from my dentist the following year, it shows where the wisdom tooth should have been, the bottom right corner, and it also shows that the top wisdom tooth(also marked for removal) growing without restriction into that gap. Luckily for me since the top teeth have erupted and are going straight my regular dentist can remove them without any need for blood and gore. Also note all of my fillings :( yes I guess I had poor dental hygiene when I was little, where were my parents, I got all of those fillings when I was in prep school.

Anyway later for now, cya probably next week if I keep this up.


IrieDiva said...

Omg i need to know which doc you went so i don't go there. I have an angular one as well that I've been putting off but i want to get it dealt with as i think its pushing my front teeth together making me look like bugs :-\

Adrian said...

I think his name is Something?? Williams.

Anyway as bad a rap as he gets everyone I've asked has been referred to him, he is the best. :p

just do it, the sooner the better! be prepared to pay a kings ransom for it though, I shelled out $18k per tooth.

Hertha Gearin said...

That was definitely a pretty bad experience. Anyways, it’s a good thing that you're already healed up and are ready to get back to your regular diet. I have to agree with you that the worst part is the recovery period. Well, as they say, you’ve got to get through the journey to get to the destination. The bright light at the end of the tunnel is that you don’t have to worry about those wisdom teeth anymore. The peace of mind is very much worth the effort.

IrieDiva said...

damn how much? so much for sooner than later...

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