Dental

My Tooth

Well I survived the dentist yesterday. As you all know I had my upper 4 front teeth veneered last June. Well, 1 didn’t seem to want to heal. We tried shaving off some length a few times and still it didn’t help. Finally my dentist told me I needed a root canal. I wasn’t too pleased with this, but if it was the only way for fixing the tooth then I was willing.

Since I hadn’t had a cleaning in 5 years(this was only cause I had other teeth that needed fixing first) we threw that in and fixed an old mercury filling that had started to bother me. All together I was in the chair for about 2 1/2 hours. We did the cleaning then the root canal and finally the filling was replaced.

It all went well. I didn’t even need to have the bite block put into my mouth. Normally I would cause I have a hard time keeping my mouth open for longer than 10 minutes at a time. I guess I was so relaxed from the pills they gave me. The hygienist was surprised at how clean my teeth were after 5 years. It only took her 40 minutes to clean them. She said my bottom front teeth had the most plague, otherwise everything was pretty easy to clean. I told her I floss after every meal. She said to keep doing it and do it more on the bottom and they will stay cleaner longer.

So flossing is a good thing…great!

On our way home we stopping at McDonald’s, yes I know YUK!  I don’t eat there anymore, but I wanted some fries and a vanilla milkshake. I was so hungry and to me, that was also comfort food. I also had a plain hamburger. It was yummy. We then headed home.

As soon as we got home I got into my PJ’s and laid down on the sofa and crashed. I slept for about 4 hours. Woke up starving! Gregg made me some soup. Through out the evening I felt good. No pain. Then at 3am the pain started. I woke up took some pain meds and tried to sleep.

Well I didn’t sleep much and I’m in a lot of pain today. My mouth feels like one big bruise. I guess I’m having oatmeal and soups for a couple days. I did look at my teeth this morning and they are clean 🙂 Now I just need to whiten them. Which will have to wait till all the pain is gone. My next visit is in 6 months to get them cleaned again. I plan on keeping up with the cleanings now that most of the dental work has been done.

So that was my day.

Happy Thoughts

Well yesterday was Valentine’s Day. Gregg and I didn’t do much. Since money is tight we had a nice dinner at home instead of wasting 100.00 at a restaurant. I made arrachera for our dinner, Gregg grilled it. It turned out pretty good, but it was a bit chewy. I think that I will have to beat the crap out of it the next time. The spices tasted good. We added a salad and a baguette.

Before our dinner I had to go see my dentist yet again. I am having problems with one tooth out of the 4 that I had veneers done on. Its amazing how much you really use your front teeth. Even when you are chewing with your molars you still use your front ones. Anyways, I have to get a root canal done. I’ll be going in on March 16th. I will be doing oral sedation again. Why? Well, I need to have a small filling replaced and I need a cleaning. Since I have such a low tolerance for any kind of pain in my mouth its better for me to be doped up. Plus I have the T.M.J. problems and I can’t keep my mouth open for 3 hours. I really don’t want to bite my dentist.

At least the root canal and cleaning are covered by medical. I will have to pay for the sedation which costs about 325.00. Its not that much when you think about it. I’m getting everything done in one sitting instead of having to come back for more visits. After this is all done I will just have to get my night guard made and then do a cleaning once a year. The night guard might have to wait. Medical won’t cover it and I think the whole cost will be close to 500.00. After all that with the dentist, my IC started up. That little bit of stress, thinking about the money and the dental work and what all I will have to do, actually stressed me enough to put me in pain.

So until then its all about the happy thoughts. Happy that I will be free of this tooth pain soon. Happy that is won’t cost too much. What else? Happy that I am feeling better today. The IC is better , but not gone. I had to take my pills yesterday and this morning too. I’m happy its sunny outside. Even though it’s cold. I’m happy I have a comfy bed to go climb into when I am done with this post.

And now I am done!

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Aqualizer

I finally found out how to spell it and found the website. I mentioned in a post earlier that I have a new thingy in my mouth. Its an Aqualizer not an aquanator. Anyways, here is the site all about it. “Aqualizier” is a plastic piece with tiny water bladders that I have to bite on. It has teally helped with the tight muscles in my jaw. My bite has shifted so now I’m having to adjust to that, but that is what is supposed to happen. With my TMJ that I have had for the 15 years, my lower jaw has slowly moved forward. This little thingy is going to help put my bite back a bit. It wont be back to where it was before I got TMJ, but it will definitely improve it.

I will be using this for as long as the Dentist thinks I need it. Most likely I will have it till I bite thru the bladders…lol He has said that I will need a night guard since I clench and grind my teeth at night. I guess that will be figured out next visit.

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Rain…Why?

OK, so its summer time here in British Columbia. Yes well its supposed to be. I think this is one of the worst we have had in years. We finally got a week of nice weather and then….rain…again. I think moving to Mexico is really starting to sound like a great idea and the sooner the better!

Let me fill you in on whats been happening. Yesterday I had to go see my dentist again. He gave me a little plastic gadget called an “aqua-nator” that goes into my mouth at bedtime so that I dont clench or grind my teeth while I sleep. Its also going to help relax the jaw so that my TMJ gets a bit easier to handle. It has tiny water bladders that fit on each side between my molars, as I bite on them the water squishes between the two bladders and moves to adjust to my bite through a thin plastic piece that conects them which wraps around my front teeth. its not too bad to where but it is a bit weird. I will be wearing this thingy for the next few days to see what happens.

After the dentist we drove back to Abbotsford and picked up a some photos that we got developed for mom and then headed to her place. We stayed for dinner and went through a couple letters she wasnt sure what to do with. We finally got home at 9pm.

So that was our day. Today I think we are going to relax and just hang around at home. Tomorrow? Who knows.

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Aches and Pains

I havent been blogging much lately cause I have been taking a lot of painkillers. My mouth is constantly hurting. The 4 top front teeth I had fixed are much better now but it seems that all that work has aggravated the rest of my mouth. I am not able to eat anything too hot or too cold or hard. Its really becoming frustrating. I’ll see if gets any better over the weekend and if not, I will call my dentist on tuesday.

My Doctor’s office called and my doctor wants to see me on tuesday. Didnt say why but I assume its about the M.R.I. I had last week. Cant see what else it would be. I wonder what the results are? I hope I dont need to have surgery yet again. I can tell you that I am sick and tired of doctors, hospitals, operations and just getting poked and prodded. I would love to be normal…lol…yeah, right. I would give anything to not have to take pills every day. Oh well, such is life!

On the home front…. Dippy has lost his dog again. He decided to go out for the day and left the poor dog on the patio with nothing to do. So doggy crapped every where and then found a hole in the fence to escape. He is out hunting for his dog. I hope that the dog runs away and finds a new home. Some where it will be taken care of better. He cant really go anywhere. the common area is all fenced in so most likely the dog is in someones home on the first floor. Dippy just has to go knock on doors.

Argifair this weekend. Might go check it out tomorrow.

Dental Update

Ok…I made it!  I’m still alive!. I have a sore mouth but the jaw feels ok. I guess the pills do make a difference. I had 4 fillings done and my 4 fronts teeth drilled plus my canines lengthened.I had ground them down over the years from grinding my teeth when I sleep. I have temps on for the next week. Feels weird. They feel too big. The canines feel like fangs.

Everything went well. I dont really remember much. I did get a pee break half way thru. I snored all the way home. Gregg did take me to Mc’rottens for some fries, a cheesebuger and a milksake, which I gladly gobbled up. I dont think that I have enjoyed a milkskake that much in many years. We got home and I crashed in the bed for a few hours. Had soup for dinner and had to figure out how to chew without biting my tongue off.

As for Dad, he has been moved to the Hospice today. They picked him up at noon. Mom is there with him and will be there over night. I’ll talk with her again tomorrow. I’m really not sure how much longer he is going to last. I just hope that they help him with the pain and that he doesnt have to suffer much longer.

Its the Day!

Yup, its finally here. The scary trip to the dentist.I am taking my pills now and Gregg will be shoving me into the car and taking me to the torture chair. If I make it, I’ll blog when I get home. Most likely this evening or in the morning since I’ll be dopey for the day. Good bye cruel world!

nothing to blog

I’m not sure what to blog about these days. I guess I’m been busy with my thoughts. I’m worried about dad and how mom is doing. She looks so tired. Also I think we have to make a trip to Calgary to see Gregg’s Grandma this summer. So we are trying to fit it in at the same time as the Calgary stampede since I have never see it. We have to arrange to stay with his aunt.

We also started doing the low-carb diet again to help us get back on track with our weight loss. I’ve lost 5lbs but now its sitting again. I’m not sure what to do anymore. I’m worried that Gregg is just gaining from eating like this. I know he has gained back some of the weight he lost when he was doing the L.A. weightloss plan. I just wish I could help him more, but I know its not up to me. All I can do is make the right foods and hope he does the rest.

I’m a bit nervous about my coming dentist appointment in 2 weeks. I have never been sedated for dental work. Plus I’ve never sat in the chair for 3 hours worth of work. I’m scared of the needles that will be going into my gums. I dont want to feel them. Thats one of the reasons for the pills to make me numb and dumb.

All this and some other things are probably the reason why my stress level is higher and my back is aching. Oh well, such is life and I will live thru it.

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Teeth Whitening

I have been whitening my teeth to get them as white as I can before I go in to get my front teeth covered with veneers. I dont want the dentist to color match them up to be yellowish. Gregg has researched whitening quite a bit. He has found that what the dentists use is very similar to the whitening kits you can buy at the drug store. We found one that is the closest to the one our dentist uses. Its called “Plus White 5 minute speed whitening gel“. It says to use it for 5 minutes each day but we use it for a full hour. We asked our dentist to make sure it wasnt going to do any damage and he told us it was fine.

Well, my top front teeth hurt. Actually just the one. It has a section that the enamel has worn off and is now very sensitive. The gel gets in there and it hurts. No big deal. I can suffer through it. I want my teeth to be white and match the veneers. I’m getting excited about my new teeth, but I’m also very scared. I have such a big fear of all that pain I have to go through. Mainly those needles. Did I tell you I hate needles?! This coming from a girl with tattoos.(LOL) Those are different needles. Those arent in my mouth. 😛