Posts Tagged ‘teeth’

My mid-2016 mouth update!

June 19, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
June 19, 2016

Author’s note: Some readers may find this entry to be slightly gross due to its discussion of a bad thing that happened to one of my mouth parts. Sensitive readers, please proceed with caution. MEM

I went to the dentist last week.

Although — or perhaps because? — I made several visits to the dentist over the course of 2015, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this appointment. But it turned out to be a routine visit.

I was directed to floss more, my teeth were cleaned, I was asked whether my teeth staining was due to coffee or tea (“Uh, tea,” I responded, in a trademark example of my world-renowned witty repartee), and I made an appointment to return in December. Aside from a moment when one of the cleaning implements was misdirected and made a funny noise, there was nothing alarming. (It didn’t hurt at all, but I was afraid it would, and sometimes I can be a big ol’ baby.)

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2015: A tooth odyssey

October 2, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwritemart.wordpress.com
Oct. 2, 2015

My long dental odyssey may finally be drawing to a close.

Right after I had my root canal in early September, I scheduled a follow-up appointment with the endodontist. From what I can remember, I was told that the doctor would check on the tooth that had been rooted to make sure there were no signs of infection; if that was the case, I’d be sent back to my dentist for the (long-delayed) installation of my permanent crown.

What I hadn’t realized was that I would have to get doped up again for this rendezvous with the endodontist. Just as before the procedure at the beginning of the month, I’d need to take anxiolytics two hours before the appointment and over-the-counter painkillers one hour ahead of it; I’d also need someone to drive me to and from the appointment.

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My root canal!

September 4, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Sept. 4, 2015

If I was distressed by the prospect of getting dental work done back in June, it’s fair to say that my emotions were hovering just a smidge under absolutely terrified prior to the root canal that I had Thursday afternoon.

(Spoiler alert: Reader, I lived!)

A tooth near the back of my lower jaw on the starboard side of my face had been slated to get a crown. But when the dental hygienist first installed a temporary crown in July, the bite wasn’t right — the temp was too tall. I suffered with discomfort for a few days before returning to get things adjusted.

The dentist filed the corresponding tooth on the upper jaw to reduce the extent to which it came down; the hygienist then made additional adjustments to the temp. Because I was scheduled to leave for a vacation, the office arranged for me to return that Friday to have the crown permanently installed, something which I’d otherwise intended to get done upon my return in early August.

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My trip to the dentist!

June 10, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
June 10, 2015

It was a little after 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. My left cheek and the left side of my tongue felt swollen. Those parts were also tingling. Two and a half hours earlier, I’d gone to the dentist to get three fillings.

I’ve gotten out of the habit of getting regular dental checks, despite having had dental insurance for a while. After I went recently, the dentist’s associates handed me a treatment plan that involved three visits. Tuesday’s was the first of these. (My next one is scheduled for month’s end.)

It might not be fair to say that I was terrified by the prospect of dental work, but — well, let’s just say I found it distressing, especially because I just wasn’t sure what to expect from it. The actual experience was stressful, too, mostly for those reasons.

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