A Wise Tooth

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My vacation has come to an end and has been substituted with sickness. Our last morning in Prague (I will post about that later) I woke up with a pain on the left side of my mouth where I have a wisdom tooth on it’s way up. I took a painkiller and thought all was good… Well, how wrong was I!! The next 24 hours just got worse and worse and Friday morning I woke up and could barely open my mouth plus that it was impossible to chew. My left side of the mouth had swollen up so badly it looked like I had a tennis ball in my mouth. On top of that I had a severe pain which the painkillers barely helped. My husband called a dentist for an emergency appointment and a few hours later I left the dentist office with a prescription for penicillin due to a mouth infection cased by the wisdom tooth.

It’s been 6 days now since I started with the medication and although the swelling is gone and I can actually enjoy regular food instead of mashed banana, soup and ice cream, I’m still experiencing pain. I don’t need to take painkillers as often as before, but I’m still not able to do much and I just feel like yuck. I thought I was used to having pain, but yikes this is something else than my joint pain! It’s amazing that a little tooth can cause all these issues… but I guess I should consider myself lucky because I’ve not had many issues with my teeth during my lifetime. I’m quite thankful though that they wisdom tooth decided to not give me too much issues until we had come back to Sweden and was at the end of our 3 week vacation!

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In May I noticed that my wisdom tooth had started to “fall apart” as a corner piece was missing. I called and got an appointment at the dentist but he referred me to a dental surgeon. It sat fairly deep so he didn’t dare to do it himself. A pity to not have it removed right away but I’m glad he sent me to experts instead of trying. After a few weeks I got a letter from the dental surgeon that I could call and schedule my appointment. Unfortunately they had quite a long waiting time especially since it was during the summer months and they would be closed.

Yesterday it was finally time to visit the dental surgeon.  I’m not particularly fond of going to the dentist–who is?–but at least I know what to expect then. I’ve never seen a dental surgeon before so I was a little nervous before the appointment. Both the nurse and the surgeon was very nice though and we talked a little before they started working. The surgeon said it was an easy fix because the roots of the tooth looked good and they sat straight down so no tricky parts at all. Good for me! 🙂

They gave me local anesthesia and started working. As the tooth was still a bit hidden they had to drill and suddenly I felt pain so more anesthesia was added. After around 10 minutes it was all over and the surgeon took me to her office so we could talk. No food or drink for three hours (until the anesthesia had disappeared) and I could expect pain, bleeding and swelling the first few days. Oh how fun! 😦

I went home and lay down on the bed so the worst bleeding could subside. After an hour at home I started to feel pain and it just got worse and worse. I little annoying as I still couldn’t drink. After the 3 hours had passed I went straight to the pain killer jar! Finally, some relief!

The afternoon and evening I spent watching three movies–love Netflix, for a monthly fee I can watch as many movies as I want! The pain killers were a nice company too. Hubby was out with co-workers as it was his last day at his old job. On Monday starts a new adventure for him.

I had anticipated that it would be difficult to eat the first day(s) so Thursday I bought a box of easily fixed asparagus soup for dinner. Can’t say it helped the hunger much but at least it was something.

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This morning my dear hubby made me yummy scrambled eggs. Easy to eat too! It’s also easier to open my mouth today. It’s still bleeding a little bit but the pain is easily controlled with my pain killers for my rheumatism. As long as I take them regularly I barely have any pain at all. A few more days and I’ll be back to normal again. Just one tooth less in my mouth.