[personal profile] lithera
So, I went in for a cleaning yesterday and mentioned that there was a little weirdness above the front tooth I knocked out when I was 12 or 13. Just to be safe we took an x-ray of said tooth.

Well. It seems that my body has declared that tooth to be a foreign object and is attempting to reclaim it - break it down and get rid of it. This has caused an infection to spring up around it and the tooth next to it. Large chunks of the bone of that first tooth (my front upper left or #9 if you know those things) are gone and so is some of the bone above it. There was a chance that this was also happening to the tooth next to it, the smaller not quite as up front tooth #10.

So my dentist sent me to an endodontist today to see how bad things are up there. It turns out that things are bad but not crazy emergency bad - at least not for #10. #9 is still cracked all over the place, missing chunks and needs to go. It will get pulled out and replaced with a fake tooth that will involve bone grafts, metal rods being drilled into my skull and all sorts of other loveliness. That process will likely take 4-6 months as each process needs to heal before taking the next step.

Today, though, I just got #10 drilled out and filled with medicine. In two weeks, I get to go back, get it cleaned out and capped. Then we get to start on the work for #9. I know I'm not going to have an empty socket instead of a tooth at any point but I'm actually pretty panicked about the possibility anyway. It isn't exactly a rational fear but what are you going to do.

Remember kids, when you do crazy stupid stunts on monkey bars, be prepared for repercussions, including knocking teeth out, extreme crazy pain and dental work that shows up 20 years later and costs as much as a car.

Seriously 2011, I am done with this. Whatever the surprise for the 4th quarter of the year is, unless it involves a trip to Paris, you can keep it.
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