Saturday, December 6, 2008

The $3500 Dollar Tooth!!

In August, I had the first of four appointments for a root canal. The crown finally went on the middle of October and everything seemed fine, until about 4 weeks ago when that tooth became very tender. I kept thinking it would go away. It didn't.

Long story, short version, Monday, after a referral to a specialist, I am having dental surgery which entails an incision below the roots and a cleaning out of the bone to try to get to the root of the problem. He says it will not improve on its own. (sigh)

I am NOT looking forward to this procedure. Last Monday as I walked out of the specialist's office, I was terribly upset....and scared. When I got in the car, I was trying very hard to think of something about this situation for which I could be thankful. I begrudgingly decided I was thankful that I had the money to pay for the surgery! (Certainly, not my idea of how I want to spend my money!)

So now....the tooth work will have totaled $3500 after Monday! I certainly hope there are no more teeth waiting to explode! If there are, I'll never get to cruise again!!

Because I cannot take narcotic pain pills, the dentist explained that it will be uncomfortable for 4-5 days. I'll use ice packs. My hair dresser today told me to take an ounce of Vodka every four hours and I wouldn't feel any pain!! She has the answer to everything!!

I am trusting that the outcome will be successful and there will be no infection with which to deal.

Thankfully, the house is decorated and the Christmas music is playing nonstop. I think I will take my ice pack and just sit and soak up the pretties in the living room and lose myself in the Christmas music!! (and try not to think about the wrapping and shopping that still needs to be done!)


Tom & Amy said...

I was thinking that one ounce isn't that bad, but then I saw the volume of liquid in a standard shot glass (normal delivery of vodka). 1 ounce would be almost one shot every hour. No wonder you wouldn't feel any pain :-)

Kim said...

When is your surgery? I will be praying for you!

I'm pretty sure you're kidding about the vodka, but I thought I'd add that as an ex-dental assistant, I'm think the doctor will say no to that! Alcohol could cause clotting problems, if I remember correctly. It's been over 20 years since I last assisted and I don't remember much. :D

Deborah said...

I don't know why you cannot take pain pills, but let me tell you Advil won't do the trick in this situation! You poor dear! I pray you have a high pain resistance, not I! Bring on the strong meds, thank you very much! I am sorry this is so costly too! Hang in there! Merry hugs! Deb

sister sheri said...

Yikes! I hope you're feeling better! What a busy time to take care of this! I hope your back feels better, too!

Anonymous said...

You poor woman! I can't take narcotics either. Pain is a nightmare. I would try the vodka! Your hairdresser may have a good point! Be careful though, nausea and tooth pain are bad companions!

Anonymous said...

Dear Joan,
I'm just getting caught up here! I hope you are feeling OK and the pain's not too bad!!!!!! I LOVE your background!!!!
Many Blessings,

Robin Lambright said...

Make sure you keep us updated on your surgery. My vote for pain killers would be the newly discovered Melon-Rita, thanks to the nightly manager’s special at the Embassy suits hotel in Puerto Rico.
I hope everything goes well with the procedure. I will keep you in my prayers.

Amy said...

Oh Joan, Good luck with that tooth nightmare.
I loved your picture of the piano area! Thanks for sharing.