Sunday, April 11, 2010

Where's the tooth fairy?

I hate the dentist.

Sure, I can handle going twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. It's usually painless and over with in thirty minutes or less. It's any other kinds of dental work that sends me crying to the bathroom.

It looks like one of my worst nightmares may come true. Literally.

When I was very young, probably around the age of 8, I had a silver crown put on a baby tooth. Well I grew up and no permanent tooth ever came in to take it's place. I was told eventually it would fall out on it's own and I'd need to have a bridge put in. Oh, many nights I have awaken panic stricken after having it "fall out" in some highly public place! I'm always in the middle of something important and -pop- out falls The Tooth leaving me with an embarrassing bloody gap. Many nights I have breathed a sigh of relief that it was just a dream!!

But yes, here I am, 37 years old, and that silver baby tooth is still hanging in there. I've toyed with the idea of getting it 'fixed' for cosmetic reasons. When I smile big, there's always that silver bling in the corner. The tooth has no roots left and it's just wedged in there. At every appointment the dental techs are amazed that it hasn't fallen out. It's not loose at all and I have never had any issues with it until now.

Pain. Ow! Not really the tooth itself, but all around it. It's not constant, but it feels off. It hurts when I eat or drink. My gums are not red, but I do think it is slightly swollen. I even feel a little pressure up towards my cheek. Yesterday I had fever. My self diagnosis is an abscess. In a normal case, to save the tooth there is always a root canal. Since this is not a viable tooth, if it IS an abscess, most likely the solution will be to extract it. My absolute worst nightmare!! It's stupid, but I can't stop crying about it. The thought of having a missing tooth brings me to tears. So does getting the two surrounding teeth filed down to fit a bridge. And the thought of putting a huge screw in my jaw for an implant.... *shudder*

I'm secretly wishing that I'll wake up tomorrow and it will be all better. Not likely, I know. As long as I can find the courage, I guess I will be calling my dentist's office first thing in the morning. Wish me luck.

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