lithera ([personal profile] lithera) wrote2011-06-09 12:43 pm

Dental issues...

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.

t_t

[identity profile] kayay.livejournal.com 2011-06-09 07:49 pm (UTC)(link)
I have bad dreams about losing a tooth or one coming loose.

The tooth you knocked out at 12, was it a baby tooth and it's the adult one that's being rejected? Dental insurance covering most of it I hope.

Re: t_t

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-09 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
No, it was the adult tooth which was then root canaled.

Dental insurance will cover some of it. I have excellent dental insurance but it only goes so far. The cost, well, this isn't going to be cheap. I wasn't kidding about the car comment.

[identity profile] princessgeek.livejournal.com 2011-06-09 09:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Both of my two front teeth are missing. bet you din't know that. I don't have implants or anything fancy like that neither. I'm just sayin, it'll be fine.

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-09 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
I didn't know that, actually. The more I reach out, the more I find there are a lot of people who have had similar issues. It does help some.

[identity profile] princessgeek.livejournal.com 2011-06-09 09:47 pm (UTC)(link)
Mine was a soccerball to the face at about the same age. I don't have an implant, just a bridge.It only (haha!) cost about $1000 and it took 2 visits. I think I might like to have an implant if they didn't cost ONE MILLION DOLLARS and involve multiple trips over such a long period of time to the dentist yuk.

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-09 09:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Yeah. I understand. I'm going to go the more expensive sort of long term route. It'll suck but with the situation I have it will be less likely to cause reoccurance later, which would totally suck.

[identity profile] alryssa.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
Holy carp. So much do not want. You have my profound sympathies for what's coming next - in terms of both the personal and the financial pain!

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 04:27 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks. I'm... I don't know. I sort of wanted to lose my mind and start screaming at people for awhile but, hey, I didn't.

[identity profile] alryssa.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 05:07 am (UTC)(link)
I ... yeah. I would be very tempted to do that myself. I can't believe how expensive dental work is.

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
Luckily, I'm in a position where I can handle this at the moment. It isn't easy or fun but I can handle it.

[identity profile] alryssa.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 05:16 am (UTC)(link)
That's some small relief, I imagine. *hugs*

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 05:19 am (UTC)(link)
It is. Mind you, I did have other plans for that money but, well, I can put them off for... however long.

[identity profile] candidgamera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 01:50 pm (UTC)(link)
My total sympathies. Dental things make me cringe.

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 03:30 pm (UTC)(link)
This whole thing, even though both dentists are totally pros and completely awesome, makes me want to flail and panic. It is really hard to stay calm and... adultish..

[identity profile] candidgamera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 03:42 pm (UTC)(link)
If it's any comfort, I'm sure they've done similar things dozens and dozens of times.

But yeah, I get white-knuckle grips on the chair when I'm just in for a cleaning, so I get it.

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 03:54 pm (UTC)(link)
I know and, like I said, they're really good. They explain what they're doing and why and how things are going and are generally communicative. Still... I've had enough bad experiences with teeth stuff, I sort of want to run around and scream about this.

[identity profile] kielrain.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
I also give you permission to run around and scream for a bit before dealing with it all. :)

[identity profile] lithera.livejournal.com 2011-06-10 04:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Geeze, me too. Gah.

I wonder if I'll be more likely to set off metal detectors.