This post, like my books, has a HEA (Happily Ever After), but sometimes it won’t look like it. Emphasis on the “look.” You know I like to write on timely subjects. Well, Wednesday morning I spent two hours in my dentist’s chair with his hands & all kinds of instruments in my mouth.
Actually the assistant’s hands here.
When I went in last month for my semi-annual tooth cleaning, we discovered I had a cracked tooth. I could feel the extra ridge in the back right molar unlike any of my other molars. One choice was to leave it and hope it held together. Well, if it cracked the rest of the way through, the pain would be excruciating, and I’d lose the whole tooth. It seemed the better decision to fix it before that happened.
I had the San Diego trip with Bob and didn’t want to go there with just the temporary cap in. Last weekend I had the big to-do at the Haltom City Public Library and my friend Jane Sisolak’s book club. (You can read about those and see pictures on the Sisters of Suspense Blog http://sistersofsuspense.com/2016/02/16/swag-book-signings-giveaways/ )
So I decided to wait until I had those events out of the way. Yesterday was the first step in a two-part process.
I’ve gone to Terry Drennan sense before either of us had kids. As it turned out, his older son and our younger daughter were boyfriend and girlfriend as 3rd graders. They talked on the phone sooo much, numerous times a day. I talked with Terry at a PTA meeting and we both decided we needed to put some limits on their conversations. Only one time a day. Well, apparently that didn’t work for the kids, because soon thereafter, they broke up. Perhaps we overreacted. 🙂
Back to the tooth thing. I’d been dreading the procedure because the two shots are really something. They more than sting, but boy do they numb! At one point, after the shots worked, I poked my tongue back there and it felt like I had a giant hole in my mouth–no teeth. Logically I knew that wasn’t the case. But I made them get me a mirror to look. All the teeth were there, with just the one filed down.Weird!
Does your dentist take your blood pressure before you do a procedure? Mine does and my numbers were high. I’m sure it was the anxiety over the shot. We do a lot of waiting in this process. We wait for the shots to take effect.
Checking FB messages while I wait.
We wait for the god-awful plastic gunk to set up. I hate that stuff in my mouth, even the small amount used for this and even on the side of my mouth. Don’t I look darling?! Yee gods! No open casket for me! Can’t believe I’ve shared this, but I’m proud I thought to take these selfies! The lavender is nice. 🙂
Have you ever done the tooth-whitening thing where they make you chomp down on a whole mouthful of the goopy stuff? Or in the old days the way they made your retainers when you were getting out of braces. HATE! HATE! HATE that feeling. I still have nightmares about that. I’m pulling huge wads of chewing gum out of my mouth, and it just keeps coming! Yick!
When the procedure was finished, I was glad to discover that I didn’t have any new lines in my cheeks from where my mouth had been pulled around to allow Terry to get to this back molar.
Still, yesterday afternoon, my jaw was sore, but today, I’m hardly aware of it at all.
Instruments & Gadgets
Now here’s some more HEA. It’s freakin’ amazing that a dentist can save a tooth this way! Back in the day, I’d have lost this tooth and a couple others. (This isn’t my first rodeo, as they say.)
So, this post is really a thank you to Dr.Terry Drennan and his staff (especially Sharon Chester Walters) for taking such good care of us for all these years and for being our friends. At some point, Terry will retire, and I’ll move on to his son who was my daughter’s boyfriend in elementary school.
Hallway to back right room.
What’s your experience with Dentists? (My mother never took the shots. She used mind-control to keep the pain at bay! Amazing!) Are you afraid to go? Do you go often? To the same person? How many caps (if any) do you have?
Love to hear from you. (I better never plan to run for public office again. The opposition would get hold of these pictures and my cause would be lost! ) LOL
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