Tooth Extraction – The Dirty Truth about my Teeth

3 weeks ago, right about the time I got my yearly cold sore, I noticed a lump in my cheek. My first reaction was, what the fuck? Followed by panic and WebMD-ing the hell out of my condition.

WebMD said it could be an inflamed lymph node, a tooth abscess or maybe I had cancer.

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Obviously I was terrified. Hence, I decided to call my doctor and a dentist that my friend recommended.

2 days later I was at the dentist’s office, where the hygienist had to give my teeth a good scaling – it took her almost an hour and that was just for half of my mouth 😐
Note to self: Take better care of your teeth!
Upon further examination, the doctor decided that I needed to have an infected tooth extracted. WHAT?

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Now for those of you who know me IRL you know that I am terrified of dentists! Let’s just say an incident in 3rd grade left me in excruciating pain and the memory has been hard to shake.

This is what I have always imagined dentists to be like…

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But anyways, I needed to get this done, if not for myself then for those around me (in my immediate vicinity) I have to be a responsible adult and all that. So I was like okayyyy fineeee I will do this. On the day that I had to go to the dentist, I was visibly shaking despite reassurances from numerous people that I will be fine. I was like yeah? what do you know? Your extraction was so long ago.

An incredibly kind uber driver who drove me to my extraction said that I will be completely fine and truth be told I was, I am…

I didn’t really feel the procedure at all and it took all of what seemed like 5 minutes to pull the tooth out.

SO why did I pull my tooth out? Because there was a cyst, which I really think was an abscess, the lump in my cheek is also gone. My family doctor – oh side note, after 5 years in Canada I finally have a family doctor! yay me! – said it was a lymph node but it was definitely a tooth infection :/

Recovery

It has been 2 days since my extraction. My doctor chose not to put me on antibiotics or pain killers and to be honest I am not in pain of any sort, a little bit of discomfort sure, but not really any pain. Thank God for that.

Although I did drool a ton after the first few hours. Because they tell you not to spit out anything since they don’t want you to spit out the blood clot that’s forming.

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I am eating mushy food like soups, pudding, mashed potatoes, mashed bananas, milk, smoothies and such but I am so hungry all the time and want to chew and eat real food but I am also trying to be good. So far so good.

Hopefully the recovery will be swift and I can get an implant in the next few months. Rest assured that I will be flossing and brushing every single day. I mean I have always brushed twice a day but that’s not enough. I am also doing salt water and baking soda rinses religiously and drinking a ton of milk!

Wish me luck as I embark on this journey to keep a healthier mouth πŸ™‚

How do you keep your teeth healthy and sparkly clean?

 

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2 thoughts on “Tooth Extraction – The Dirty Truth about my Teeth

  1. Hey Ria!

    Just want to congratulate you on embarking your fear. I’ve been always afraid of dentists because of a judgemental dentist incident as a kid. Which made me not visit one for decades. Until few years back when I started going for scaling, but I always felt after every 6-8 months my teeth wouldn’t be that great when it came to keeping them clean until a dentist pointed out (oh I never visited the same dentist for more than one visit because again I didn’t want to be judged), that since my teeth aren’t aligned properly I’ll always suffer from the dreaded gingivitis *cringes*. So I’ve been wearing braces since 31 Jan 2015, I’ve had the same dentist and she and I are the best of friends *shocker*. I’ve had 4 extractions, and I can write a thesis on the kind of pains and inflammation I’ve experienced. Imagine being on a holiday and can’t even smile or flirt with a cute boy because of tooth gap smack in front of my lower teeth lol. I really hated my dentist for it. But truth be told, it was all worth it. My upper teeth are properly aligned. Now we’re working on my lower ones. 3 of my extractions gaps are gone and a tiny bit of fourth one is left. So good luck with your dental hygiene. Did I mention it’s a pain to clean your teeth once they are caged?? πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Hira! I haven’t gone to one in 8 years! so many cavities!
      I just hope I don’t lose more teeth :/
      4 extractions! oh my!

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