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I am a medical marvel. Or at least a dental marvel. I went in today for a root canal, only to have the root canal expert look at my X-rays, poke my tooth, and say "That's some crazy shit*. Go to a specialist. Hang on, lemme call one." He then talked to said specialist on the phone for a while, showed him my X-rays, and reported back: "He can work on it, but there's no guarantee that would be a permanent solution."

Apparently my tooth has something like a hell mouth**, and is disintegrating from the inside out. It's a pit of horrors contained by a thin layer of enamel. No cavity or trauma caused this: I am just that fucking special.

Which is how, dear reader, I came to have an appointment on Thursday for an extraction, and eventually an implant. As exciting as having titanium screws in my skull sounds, the part in between where I spend several weeks toothless does not appeal to me. But the idea of getting a stopgap treatment only to have another abscess later--or worse, to have the tooth crack--appeals even less.

I should have asked if they could just give me a titanium jaw full of shark teeth, but my insurance probably won't cover 50% of that.

* Perhaps he said it more tactfully than that.

** You say root resorption, I say hell mouth. Let's call the whole thing off.


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May. 9th, 2012 01:18 am (UTC)
So sorry! Yeesh...
May. 9th, 2012 01:20 am (UTC)
I am making so many D: faces right now. Of sympathy! But mostly horror.
May. 9th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
My sympathy on the tooth. I have a similar weird situation, though according to *my* dentist, the Bad Tooth in question is dissolving from the outside in, rather like when baby teeth roots disintegrate so they can come out. I've been told it 'might' help to have the gums cut open so someone can poke around and scrape things. I remain unconvinced.
May. 9th, 2012 02:09 am (UTC)
My dentist vetoed slicing my gums open right off, though, which was good. I have limits, and that might be one of them.
Ian James Krohn
May. 9th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
I have titanium screws in my ankle. When traveling be prepared to tell the TSA why their magic wands make that noise. Also you may want to get a medical alert bracelet stating you cannot have MRI's.
May. 9th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
Ugh. Insurance *ought* to give you the option of shark teeth.
May. 9th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC)
My dad has something like that! Apparently his bones are so dense the dentist couldn't get the implant fully screwed into his jaw...
He had a lot of pain and infected grossness too; I hope your experience goes better than his. :(
May. 9th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
Yikes. D:
May. 9th, 2012 06:21 am (UTC)
just give me a titanium jaw full of shark teeth

have a selection of teeth to match your moods and outfits... like jewelry.
May. 9th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
A little ray of light. Once the rotten tooth is removed, the infection will start to clear and the pain will diminish markedly - not over night mind you, but fairly quickly.
May. 9th, 2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
Couldn't you talk them into just one little titanium incisor? It doesn't even have to be razor-sharp or anything...
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