Broken tooth.

Today (5th July) I have been to the dentist to have my second molar tooth on my left side removed. It had started to rot from underneath due to the wisdom tooth behind it (impacting) growing funny on it. With it pressing against the molar and with no way of being able clean it underneath with a tooth brush and how it was growing there was no other option. I mean, the wisdom tooth pushing on my molar caused me constant pain and sensitivity in the rotting molar. It was meant to be a fairly easy procedure to do and not take too long either, if only that was the case… Like most things I encounter, nothing is ever simple and I normally have the worse of the worse happen to me. I arrived at the dentist to have various injections in my gums and mouth to numb/freeze the nerves surrounding it so I didn’t feel any pain. As I waited outside in the waiting room for my gums to numb it had numbed half of my tongue which now made it hard to swallow, this panicked me as I wasn’t in control of my own tongue and I kept nearly swallowing it at times.

A terrible feeling, I’d never have my tongue go numb before so it was a rather unusual sensation to say the least. I went back into the dentist’s chair and when he poked at my gums to test if they were frozen, I got a surprise and it hurt like being stabbed with a pin when he touched them with a sharp implement. The gums had not frozen and so I had to have another set of injections in my gums plus some further ones which he said were stronger to make sure they numbed everything. Seeing as the ones before didn’t numb the nerves and gums as expected. I’ve always had problems with my gums and nerves being numbed mainly due to me having some resistance to anaesthetic, which is very annoying as you have to have higher dosages and more of them to do the job. This time however it worked after having three batches of injections in total.

 

Broken Tooth – Day one.

 

The dentist then begun to grab the tooth with that tool which looked like spoon pliers and began to pull, wriggling and grapple with the tooth to get it to come out. It was proving more difficult then he had planned, clambering move over the chair and all the tugging was making my jaw move with him until I heard a loud crack! I thought the tooth had come out or split down the middle as it felt like it did, no such luck though as the tooth had broken in half with the rest of my roots still deep in my gum with my nerves exposed, really painful and sensitive when the anaesthetic wore off. I had to have all the roots temporarily pasted to stop it being so sensitive and then I will have to have an operation from a specialist to have the roots and possibly the wisdom tooth removed as there was no way the dentist could get to the roots.

I’m really not looking forward to having an operation to remove the rest of the roots. It’s difficult to eat at the moment and I’m primarily one-sided for the mean time. The annoying thing is the side the tooth is broken is my natural chewing side. One thing I am glad of is I’ve had a sensitive tooth for a month odd and now I have no pain or sensitivity at all. Due to the molar tooth being broken and half removed the wisdom tooth no longer presses on it causing me pain, a plus I guess. Fast forward to the 12th July and it would seem that since I first went to have this tooth out the complications have gotten progressively worse. You can see by the wound that perhaps my roots are trying to eject from my gum (at least I would hope so even though that is very unlikely). I now have a bulge of gum trying to cover the wound and I can feel sharp parts of the tooth where it broke not to mention I am able to lift the gum at various points seeing down into the root.

 

Broken tooth – Day four.

 

It causes me no sensitivity more of an annoyance like when you feel a bit of food stuck between your teeth it’s that exact sensation only I cannot simply just pull the roots out as much as I might feel the need to do so. I’m finally having it removed in a months time which I will be glad to have done. There will be no more throbbing gum when doing handstands or jogging as the blood pumps around my body or to my head depending what I am doing. I am keeping an eye on this problem and have took various photos of the healing process every few days to see how it develops. Lets fast forward again a months time to the extraction date. I had no idea what to expect from this procedure, so as you can imagine after the first time of having it removed I had all sorts of things going around in my head. I arrived and had to sign consent forms and have someone present to take me home and then awaited to be called in, hearing all the usual drill noises and moans of pain and what sorted like drunken people. Because, that is all reassuring noises you want to be hearing…

Sitting in the chair, it was very different to the normal dentist, they take your blood pressure and then hook you up to a drip and something else to be sedated and then the room starts to drag as you look around due to the sedation and then the procedure begins. They put a towel over your eyes so you can’t see anything that is going on, which I think is better to do with such a thing, more so if you have a fear with dentists. Before you know it you hear the clanks and then it is all other in a matter of seconds, due t the specialist doing hundreds of these a day. Then you are sat there holding the wound, and then have to wait a bit before sitting up in case you fall over due to feeling drowsy. It was great just how fast it had been over and great to have it removed finally, though I did feel a bit crappy for the half of the day afterwards and sleepy. The last shot is from when it was extracted as from then onwards there really wasn’t that much else to show.

 

Broken tooth – Day seven.

 

Broken tooth – Day twelve.

 

Broken tooth – Day twenty.

 

Broken tooth – Day thirty six.

 

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