Monday, May 21, 2012


Now, I really have no right looking for sympathy, my apathy towards dental care has got me into the sorry state of getting an abscess on my tooth. I do have a fairly good  set of teeth, ( no doubt a dentist would beg to differ), I brush twice a day, but I don’t go to the Dentist unless I am in pain, and obviously by that time I have a serious problem! So instead of going to the Dentist as soon as my tooth started to niggle, I left it and left it until the inevitable happened.

My tooth had been hurting for a couple of days but I managed to keep the pain at bay with pain killers, until Sunday afternoon when I suddenly realised I looked like I was storing last nights tea in my left cheek! The Hamster look is so not chic in any way shape or form.

I managed to get an emergency dental appointment as I am not registered with a practice, one of those, “never got round to it” things.

I paid my £17:50 and asked the Dentist if she would remove my tooth. After giving me a couple of injections to thoroughly numb my mouth, you know the ones that make you look like a spitting image puppet, she set about removing my tooth.

By this time I was a quivering wreck, ( such a coward when it comes to Dentists). Now I had heard if the infection in your tooth is too severe the injections don’t work, it felt numb until she tried to pull the tooth, I won’t go into too much detail, but the indentation of my body shape remained on the surgery ceiling as they peeled me off it, and I hear the Dentist is recovering well in Hospital!!  Needless to say the tooth is still firmly attached and I have to go on a course of antibiotics for a week, then  go through it all again. There is a lesson to be learned from all this, soon as you feel a niggle go get it seen to, will I learn from this experience? Probably not knowing me…


Pete said...

Debbie, you have my deepest sympathy as I too have an overriding fear of the dentist.

Hope the antibiotics kick in soon and you get it sorted (pain free)



life afloat on nb tickety boo said...

Thank you Pete :)

No Direction said...

I though it was normal practice to get rid of the infection before a filling or extraction, sounds like your dentist should be cautioned for speeding.

life afloat on nb tickety boo said...

Yes, I think your right about the speeding, I don't even think she noticed the golf ball sized swelling either, it was all on my notes about the abscess but she proceeded anyway? Not good.

Rube said...

The way you wrote the experience really made me laugh, but I do know it is not funny at the time. My daughter just went throught this with an absess,but finally the tooth is gone. Good luck with yours.

life afloat on nb tickety boo said...

Hi Bob, I like to know my posts make people smile, so thank you for your lovely comment. The Antibiotics have worked their magic, so hopefully the tooth will be removed soon, without the trauma!

Regards Debbie.

Les and Jaqueline Biggs said...

What a bummer as you now have to go back and have the needle again. Good luck when you go back to hopefuly get the tooth out.