April 18th, 2016


Back from the dentist

If you read the subject line, you might think we only just got back from the dentist, but we actually got home many hours ago. Then we had to do some work, and then we had to die for a little while, and then we had to do some more work, because simulpubs wait for no one.

But basically what happened is, as we knew, we both had multiple cavities, and our dentist (who was pretty cool, I think, but after coming home and being in pain and in shock over everything, I started getting grumpy and I was like, "Maybe she's not that cool!" but I don't know, I think it's the pain talking) was like, "No seriously, you need to get some orthodontia, because your teeth are crushing each other." She didn't say it exactly like that, but that's pretty much what she meant. Also, getting orthodontic work done would probably mean removing the tooth I have that's been giving me so much trouble, which is going to have to have a root canal otherwise. I definitely get to have a root canal on a different tooth, which of course is fun and exciting in the sense that "exciting" is used in Bambi (the book, not the movie).

So while we were there, I got all my non-root canal cavities filled, and I got a temporary cap for the one root canal tooth, and I got a deep cleaning because that's what you need to get when you don't go to the dentist in too long. Also the dentist is pretty adamant that we need to get our wisdom teeth removed. All this business about braces and removing teeth is hard to take, though, because our teeth have been the way they are for years, and we're kind of attached to them. But we agreed to see the orthodontist anyway (he happens to be in the office tomorrow), and we'll decide what to do about that afterward.

Athena didn't get any work done, because her mouth wasn't as bad as mine, so she hasn't been thinking, "You know what, let's just go to the dentist and get it all taken care of in one fell swoop!" for several days like I have, and this kind of news takes processing.

In the meantime, I'm not supposed to eat on the side of my mouth with the temporary cap until it gets a proper cap (that appointment is for early May), which means I am supposed to eat on the side of my mouth with the tooth that's been giving me trouble, which I'm terrified to do because what if I make it worse, or make it so the pain is really really bad? Well, my whole mouth hurts right now from all the work that was done, so that's kind of a moot point. And in the meantime, as part of the deep cleaning, the dentist injected antibiotics between all my back teeth, so hopefully that will keep the germs from causing non-injection/dental work-related pain. But that doesn't make me any less paranoid.

And through it all, I was actually less worried about the dental work than I was about the idea that my having to get dental work done was going to ruin other people's plans. But now that I've had more time to think about it, I'm definitely worried about both.

Today I'm thankful for the very friendly staff at the dentist's office, getting our work done, getting to watch Gilmore Girls, having a little time to relax, and Page being super cute again.