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Hi, all!

I've always had teeth that were prone to decay, my whole life long. I inheirited bad teeth on my mom's AND dad's side of the family.

Also, I'm afraid of dentists, so I haven't gone in, perhaps, a year and a half.

Well, to make a long story longer, I woke up one morning, and ALL of my teeth were hurting. I made an emergency dental appointment, and things were so bad that I got referred to a specialist.

I need at least one root canal immediately, which I will get on Friday, and probably need at least two or three more, if not even more than that. (The specialist is going to investigate, to see what else I need.) I know that there are 12 places with serious decay, and, in addition to that, he tells me that all of my metal fillings and caps are decaying, and they all need to be replaced with porcelin.

So, there's going to be a lot of work ahead...

The good news is that they are going to knock me out, so I won't be "awake" for the root canal.

The bad news is that I'm in great pain, and have been for awhile, and I don't know if I can wait until Friday. And, even after they get done on Friday, there are still going to be plenty of places that hurt, that they didn't get time to fix, yet.

I'm supposed to go out and sing on Saturday, but I think I'll probably have to cancel that, depending upon how the root canal area feels, and how the other areas feel. (I actually think that wherever they do the work is going to feel much better very soon!)

Right now, they gave me Vicodin to help me manage the pain - everyone says it's powerful, but a toothache is even more powerful than vicodin - and also Clindamycin, an antibiotic, to try to help clear up the infection in my teeth and gums.

I only bring this up here because I thought that maybe some people had been through this before, and might have some good advice to offer.

Thanks in advance!

:eek: (That doesn't mean "surprised," this time. I'm opening my mouth so that you can see how all of my teeth have been pulled out! :lol: )
 

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my mother hates dentists too and often lets any problems become BIG issues by the time she goes in. she swears by salt and water gurgles though. she says they really help. but i'm not sure. see i don't mind the dentist and have fairly good teeth gentically actually so i guess i'm lucky that way. i hope all goes well for you though and you're not in pain too long. good luck
 

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Thank you, twitch. I don't think the pain of the procedure can be worse than the pain that I'm in now. PLUS, I'm getting a new, gold "rat ring" - a ring with a rat on it. :) I already have earrings and a necklace, so it's a set!
 

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I've had over 10 Cavities :( mostly b/c i drink too much soda. I brush twice a day, rinse and floss every other day now. Things r better but i have k-9 teeth and are a little high so i hate smiling w/ my teeth showing. I look kinda like a vampire lol.
 

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oh i love my sharp pointy teeth! i've been asked if my fangs were fake and everything. i think its cool that they aren't and are so unique looking. mind you flat teeth remind me of horse teeth then i start noticing other strange simlarites to horses and that doesn't always go well when i start laughing for no reason in front of some of my mothers friends (who own horses of their own and so makes all the funnier as they often resemble THAT horse). i imagine others do the same thing when they see my teeth but relate me to something else. though i've never had randon bouts of laughter yet, lots of complitments though... meh, i think pointy teeth are cool anyway...
 

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Aaahhh I have really sfot teeth as well.

I've had a root canal, and it hurt like **** for the first few hours after I came down off the shots. I suggest taking painkillers the instant you can.

I had to be given four shots before I was comfortable enough to let them drill, cause even then I could still feel sharp tinges of pain but it wasn't overwhelming. I swear my lips were swollen 3 times normal size...xD

My dad brought me home and siad to my mom, "Well, we saw a plastic surgeon on the way back and she figured she needed new lips." I found it funny cause I was so out of it I had absolutely no idea what he was tlaking about, and fell over in the living room just standing there...xD

Just about all my desntist adventures are hilarious.
 

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Thanks for sharing your stories. Don't worry, I intend to take a painkiller the moment I become conscious. :)
 

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Well, here's a small update on this:

I need all four quadrants of my mouth to be examined, and diagnosed, and worked upon. We were focusing on the lower left this time, because it was the worst, but I was really hoping that we would get to more than one place.

Not only didn't we not get to another place, we didn't even finish the lower left! I have weird tooth roots; where most people would have 2 or 3, I have, like, 8 or something, branching off in weird ways. Some of my root canals have become calcified, thus my specialist couldn't clean the infection out of there and finish the root canal. (I have a temporary cover on it, but underneath, past all of the painful drilling places, I still have an infected place causing pain and spreading infection.)

My specialist recommended...another specialist!

Apparently, this guy books up quickly, and, seeing as how the weekend is here, we can't even make an appointment until Monday, if we can get through on the phone.

So, I'm back to waiting, with a sore mouth, no appointment on the books, and very little progress.

Updates as they happen... :)
 

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man, that really sucks! i hate doctors... i really do. this is only one example of their evil.... i hope you'll be able to make an appointment really quick. maybe with the reference from the otehr specialist and the ammount of pain you're in you'll get priority... hope all turns out well. good luck
 

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Thanks, twitch! :)
 

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I had two teeth pulled last fall. I thought I was all cool when I left the dentist because it didn't hurt. Two days later, I wanted to rip my head off. It was probably one of the most painful things I have been through, including child birth. I have had teeth pulled before and didn't have the same pain. This time, it was back teeth and I don't know what he did, but it hurt like **** after. Sorry to hear about your mouth troubles. I know how much it sucks.
 

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Well, I've been to the dentist, the endodontist, and here is an update.

We are still working on the lower left, #19 and #20. (If your wisdom tooth is #17, your first molar is #18, and the next one, #19, and so on. Counting wisdom teeth - which I had pulled long ago - there are sixteen on top and sixteen on the bottom. Total 32.)

There have been TONS of appointments just to do what can be done, and decide what should be done in the future. (Not that I need to add this in, but here's a little bit of personal perspective: every quadrant of my mouth hurts. I woke up one morning and said to my mom, "ALL of my teeth hurt." ALL means ALL. Probably because I'm such an anxious and nervous person, I am dying to finish up on this one little area, and move on to the other disasters in the mouth.) Apparently, NONE of my teeth/roots are normal. I wish I had an xray that I could scan in, so that you guys could see these roots! My lower gums are nothing but roots crisscrossing. They look kind of like a spider web. So, it would appear that #19 and #20 are really tough ones, according to all of the experts.

Here are some things that we have determined that I need in the future, in all quadrants of my mouth:

* More root canals, but we're not exactly sure how many
* More caps/crowns.
* More cavity fills.
* A deep cleaning.

Here are some things we have accomplished. Keep in mind that the dentists are sort of "squeezing me in" as they can, on an emergency basis:

* Full mouth xrays
* A partial root-canal around #19 and #20
* 1/4 of the deep cleaning I need...just the lower left, by #19 and #20.

Some things still to be done in that area:

* Finish emptying out the decay. (We found a huge cavity, too.)
* Fill with filler. (Gutta percha.)
* Cap the teeth.

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It would seem that, in addition to the root canal and "normal" work about my abnormal roots, I have another problem that is spread across my mouth. The majority of my fillings and caps are made of silver. They didn't know any better at the time, but in five to fifteen years, silver buckles, leakes, decays, and causes the teeth to fracture. (It's scary to look at a picture of fractures on your own teeth!)

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I have an appointment on Tuesday, and another on Thursday. If anything interesting happens, I'll let you know.
 

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I wanted to get back to this and update you all, because it lets you know why I haven't been around much, lately...AND, it ends with rats, too! :)

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* THE TEETH: Without getting too specific or detailed, suffice it to say that ALL of my teeth need or needed root canals and caps. As I write this, the process is almost done, but I still have a few to go.

But, as you will see, I have a much, much bigger concern than that. (It's resultant from the teeth, however.)

* THE INFECTION:

The main thing that has been going on with me is a major health issue - a Staph infection. As you know, I am having to have root canals and caps on ~all~ of my teeth. Well, what we eventually uncovered with that was that there was a long-term infection that could always find a comfortable sanctuary in my teeth. I actually am not sure how long I have been "hosting" this infection, but the best educated guesses say between 2 and 5 years.

Not only that, but, in a misguided attempt to cure the infection over the years, I've been actually making it stronger. Since I never knew that this was ONE infection that was living (mainly) in my teeth, I would treat the symptoms as they came up. I'd get a sinus infection, take a course of antibiotics for that, get over the symptoms, and consider myself "cured." (I didn't know it, but all that I accomplished was to make the infection retreat to my teeth, and, of course, to make the infection resistant to antibiotics.) Next, I'd get a large skin eruption, something between a pustule (w/out pus) and a cyst, treat that, and think that it was "cured" - with the same result. Over the years, since I didn't know that all of these symptoms were tied to one infection, and that one infection required a LOT of dental work to defeat, I just kept feeding it antibiotics, and thinking that each "illness" was a separate event.

Now that we know what's going on, I have been on a course of HEAVY tetracycline, which seems to be very strong. I haven't had a lot of strength, and many days (and nights,) I just spend in bed, sleeping or resting, and trying to get better. This is a serious deal - if the tetracycline doesn't defeat the infection, the only other option would be for me to be an inpatient at a hospital for an undetermined length of time, where I could receive an IV antibiotic which is the strongest one. Doctors like to keep it "in reserve," and, for my part, I really don't want to do "hospital time," so I've just been doing my best to take it as easy as possible, so that my body can heal.

You don't need to worry about this...now that we're on the right treatment path, I'm sure that I will be fine. It's just that it worked out to be far more serious than I ever thought it would be, and so ~I~ have to take it seriously. This means that I can't "push" myself to do things that I want to do. It's more important to give my body rest, until it gets healthy.

I have been resting so much, and am beginning to feel a bit better. It's still important that I keep up the rest and the antibiotics.

There are (at least) three places where the infection is now living: in the teeth that haven't had work yet, in a sinus infection that feels like a bad cold, and in a LONG-TERM "cyst-thing" by my right eyebrow. This is a bump, that is occasionally "lanced" and "drained," but somehow, it always comes back. My doctor says that I may need to have it removed by a plastic surgeon, because it's close to my eye and my brain. I see him Thursday, and we will make up our minds what to do about the cyst.

I expect to take the tetracycline for a long, long time. I want to be sure that the infection is beat for good.

Oh, also, partially because I haven't been feeling well and I subconsciously think it will help (although my conscious mind knows better,) I have put on some weight. I know it's not a big deal, really, and that when I feel better, things will go back to normal. Still, nowadays, I look in the mirror and see "sick" and "fat." :roll:

Like I said, though, don't worry. I just wanted you to know where I have been.

* THE RATS: Oh, how my rats are the love of my life! :D Remember that cyst on my face that I mentioned? Well, independently of one another, both Buscemi and Gus "found" it, and wanted to try to "fix" it.

I'm sure that they could smell the infection. What they both wanted to do in order to help me was to use their teeth and tongue to "groom it into health," as it were.

Of course, I didn't let them do this. I thanked them for their warm and loving thoughts, but told them that I didn't want them to catch my infection. :) Still, is that just too darling for words?

Just by wanting to make it better, they made me feel a little better!
 

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i was wondering where you got to and was going to send you a message. hope it all works out and you get better soon... and yes... your boys are wonderful!!!
 

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I've only had about 1 tooth hurt lol....And i have about 3 feelings...I am sooooo glad now because i am finished with all the teeth pulling and stuff because i am getting braces in a couple of months:)But then again braces carry alot of pain to lol....So i hope your teeeth feellllll soooo much better after all this is done:)
 

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hey....I'm sorry to hear about everything you've been going through. Don't worry about looking in the mirror...don't let it get you down. Think of your happy ratties, and laugh a lot!!!!

Anyhoo I know you'll be fine, and I'm sending good vibes your way! :)
 

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I hate going to the dentist also. I've had nightmare-ish experiences with them and now I avoid them as long as I possibly can. I STILL need my wisdom teeth pulled and I'm 27 now. They are completely impacted in the gums, and pointing the wrong direction also! I had to go to a wisdom teeth specialist and he was like "I'm not going to be able to do this in the office, you'll need to see an oral surgeon and have your jaw dislocated so we can get to the back of your mouth better." I never did go back.

I've had abcesses before that blocked the nerve so the novicane couldn't get through, and nothing is funner than having your wrists strapped down and having them 'work past the abcess' so the novicane will begin to work. I almost have to be trapped and dragged to the dentist anymore.
 
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