Just back from the dentist.
Posted by That Other Mike on 14/01/2008
Horrible. Painful. Yuck.
The tooth snapped while being extracted, and it stunk, literally. Embarrassingly. I think it was the pus from the abcess. The dentist got one root out no problem, but the other one was so firmly embedded it took him ages to get it out. He was pulling hard on it, but it wouldn’t come out for ages and ages. He kept having to go at it with the drill, and then pull. I was being janked all over the chair until it finally popped out. There were little bits of tooth everywhere.
The numbness seems to have gone mostly, but I still have the packing in. I’m a little afraid to look, to be honest. It’s not a pretty sight when a tooth comes out cleanly, let alone when it’s that kind of Gladiator-style bloodbath. Speaking of, I had to wipe blood off my face when it was done. Nice.
On the plus side, it cost £27.70 instead of the £43.60 I was expecting. On the negative, I need four more fillings, which will probably run to about £150 in total, apparently. He did drill out some other rotted stuff from other teeth while I was strapped in, so it wasn’t a total nightmare.
I don’t know if I’ll go to work tomorrow. He said it would be very sore, which is dentist speak for “Ahahaha! An eternity of pain upon you, mere mortal!” Maybe I’ll go in in the afternoon. Interestingly, my dentist is Middle Eastern (possibly Iranian), and he was telling me that I had to tell him the truth about how well the novocaine was working, or I would suffer. I don’t think he meant it as a threat (although we are talking about a dentist here), just that he had an interesting way of phrasing it.