It all started with a toothache. To be technical, it started long before that, but the toothache was the first thing that made me aware of something wrong. It was my molar way back in the top left of my mouth, and if I felt around long enough, I could feel a little hole in the back of the tooth. I should have seen a dentist immediately. Toothaches are warning signs that something is seriously wrong, particularly if it’s a throbbing pain like what I was experiencing.
Instead, after the pain dissipated a few days later, I forgot all about it. A few months later, the pain came back and this time it wouldn’t go away. It was probably the worst pain of my life and I made an appointment to see a dentist. While I couldn’t be seen for almost a week, I experimented with various home remedies for toothaches, tried to sleep as much as I could, and cried a number of times.
When I saw the dentist, they immediately prescribed antibiotics and took an x-ray to see how bad the damage was. It turned out that I had an abscessed tooth and the decay reached all the way into the root, very close to my jaw bone. The tooth would have to be pulled. It turns out that throbbing pain I felt was the nerve being affected by decay.
After two days of antibiotics, the pain was gone and I already felt relief. I continued taking the antibiotics, carefully following the doctor’s orders, and prepared myself for a tooth extraction. I found a good website that explained the procedure, so I knew what to expect.
The most painful part of the tooth extraction was the Novocain shot. Other than that, I didn’t feel a thing. There was a great deal of pressure, as I knew there would be from my research, which made me a little uncomfortable, but the experience really wasn’t that bad. The surgeon told me I was very agreeable and that I had “squiggly” roots. I didn’t know what that meant, but I thanked him anyway.
Again, I carefully followed the instructions given to me by the doctor, religiously administering salt rinses, a diet of mostly liquids, etc. My gum healed perfectly. I have an empty spot where my molar used to be, which felt very strange at first, but I’ve gotten used to it. I learned a valuable lesson from my ordeal: I now take very good care of my remaining teeth, and the next time I get a toothache, I’m calling my dentist immediately!