tvordlj: (Birds on a wire)
I'm having a molar extracted this afternoon. Not happy. This tooth has historically caused me trouble for years. It was one of the first teeth that needed a root canal which was done a second time after that. Then it needed gum surgery as the root canal still didn't quite work. I won't gross you out with the details. That surgery seemed to work and then earlier this year i started getting swelling and tenderness along the gum. The dental surgeon said that though the surgery seemed to have worked, it's obviously failed again and there's a low grade infection there. He could do more surgery but chances were that it would only go the same way and rather than continue to throw money at it, he'd recommend getting it out. Then decided i should probably throw even more money at it and have a dental implant to replace the tooth. Sheesh. Well i haven't decided for sure about that because it's very expensive but we'll see how it goes. I have a molar gone on the other side as well and both are not the back tooth but the next one so there's gaps. That makes it a nuisance for chewing on the gapped side. Now i'll have two gaps so i may have an implant for convenience of chewing. As i said, we'll see how it goes. It has to heal awhile first before i have to decide.

I'm a bit worked up about the extraction. I know it'll be fine and no worse than the gum surgery was and that didn't make me all that anxious. I've had similar before as well so why i'm more nervous this time, I don't know. also, the dentist i now have isn't doing it himself but is sending me to a dental surgeon in Dartmouth in an inconvenient place. Mom is going to take me but it's still a nuisance getting there. Otherwise i'd only have to go up 3 floors in this building and have it done there like last time. (different dentist than the one i have now). Maybe that's part of why i'm all wound up. Anyway i know it will be fine, i just have to keep telling myself that. I have my iPod with me and i'm hoping the dentist won't mind if i use that as it gives me something to concentrate on while he's working.
tvordlj: (Bunny Teeth)
Dentist appointment this morning. I have had a bit of trouble with a tooth that had dental surgery 2 years ago. The endodontist said then, after a 6 month checkup, that it was healing nicely but over the last 5 or 6 months the gum has been tender and sometimes swollen. The tooth itself feels pretty solid but clearly there is a problem. My dentist checked it in January and then again in July and it's not changed so he sent me to the specialist that did the original surgery.

He doesn't know exactly what the reason for this "chronic abcess" is (no it's not one of those really painful abcesses) but strongly suspects a vertical crack in the root. He said i could throw more money at it and he could redo the surgery and clip off the end of the root again but that may only buy me time before the inevitable. I'll probably lose the tooth anyway. Asking him if he recommends just taking it out he said, well "I'm not jumping up and down saying I can fix it I can fix it!" He's the expert, and he's probably right about the crack.

I guess now i have to talk to my dental office to see what the options are. I lost a molar on the other side some years ago and if i'm going to lose this one, i am going to have to get one of the holes filled by either a bridge or an implant. Implants are supposedly the way to go these days but are even more ungodly expensive. My insurance will only cover a max of 1000 dollars in a year. If the dentist office is willing to do two billings, one in December and one in January, i might get a bit more covered but i'll still be handily out of pocket. I guess that's what the line of credit is for. It's aggravating, though, as i've spent so much on that tooth already. Two root canals and a bout of dental surgery. But there comes a time when you've just got to face that it's just not salvagable anymore. That particular tooth has always given me grief of one sort or another.
tvordlj: (astronaut cat DOH)
On a javascript course. going well. spent most of my lunch break in the dentist's office. grrrr.... i have a molar that's starting to give me a bit of grief again. Last time this happened, he redid the root canal. That was about a year and a half ago or thereabouts. Seems to be acting up again and i wanted to have it checked in case i need a referral to an endodontist. It's not a toothache though, but it hurts to bite on, not constantly but enough that i know there's a problem. Xray and consult later, and sure enough, they think i probably should get it checked by the specialist. I have had this happen once before many moons ago. They had to do some dental surgery through the gum to sort out the problem at the root of the tooth and it's never bothered me since. I suspect the same thing will happen this time. The dentist did give me some antibiotics to hold me over Christmas in case it got worse as it is caused by a little infection around the root of the tooth. She said she normally wouldn't prescribe it though, but is only doing so because it's over the holidays. I'm of two minds whether to get it filled but i suppose i will. As i said, it's not a toothache. I don't even have the problem 100% of the time, but there *is* a problem and it has to be sorted. Too close to Christmas to likely get a referral and they would only be checking it first anyway. I think i might have to wait until the new year so that my Blue Cross will kick in again to cover the procedure. I don't know if it's classed in the same way that a filling or root canal is, see. A root canal or a regular filling is covered but the crown is only at 80% up to a maximum of $1000. I had to pay over that a few hundred this year because he did two teeth and two crowns at once, gutting the old fillings and redoing them. This procedure won't mean a new crown though so the work itself might just be covered but i'll wait until January anyway, just in case.

Confused?

Anyway, no biggie, it's not a tooth crisis, not like an abscess or constant toothache is. It's more tender in the morning mainly.

It's always something /roseanne roseannadanna
tvordlj: (Halifax)
Who thought it was a good idea to scrape your teeth with sharp metal objects twice a year? Gah! My teeth hurt now. I have to go back in the new year to have a filling redone and a crown put on over another tooth that needed refilling. Hopefully the last of the major dental work. I can only get a bit done every year because my insurance caps the payout to $1000 per calendar year. It'll still cost me about 300 on top of that. He keeps asking me what do i want to do about the space where the molar was on the bottom. I keep telling him nothing. You can't get cavities in a ...er... cavity. *snicker* They want bloody well almost $3000 to put a tooth in that hole. Sod that for a game of soldiers, it's a back tooth, it doesn't show, so leave it, i say.

Woo! Halifax Webcam! It is on a building just beside one of the bridges on the Dartmouth side of the harbour, looking towards the Halifax downtown area. I'm not sure it's refreshing though as the photo looks very much like sunrise and it's 10:30 now. The sky should be a lot bluer than that. ... checked.. yes it is. what i thought was a boat that wasn't moving, must be something else, a buoy or something.

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