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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Tooth Art

With all the dental work Gregg and I have had over the last few years I figured I would do a post about Tooth Art. I noticed on a tattoo blog that a girl had bling in her mouth so I googles “tooth art”. I was surpised at what people will do.

There are different types of art you can put on your teeth. First there are decals. You can buy them online and put them on yourself or see a dentist. This would be the safest since the decals last about 24hours. You can also get gems glued in and they last up to 8 months.

Then there are Crowns. You can have an artist do a picture on a crown. I like this idea, but I do like the decals better. Gives more variety.

There are many other sites to check out if you are looking for Tooth Jewelry.  Here is a site that lets you try a few different gold pieces. I would like one of these.

At this site you can buy a home kit. I would like this one. If I get one I’ll do a full review on it with video instructions and pictures. They seem simple enough to use. I’ll be seeing my dentist on the 29th so I will ask him what he thinks about doing them. I dont want to damage my new teeth.

I think a tiny purpledragonfly on my tooth would look kinda cute.:)

Labour Day

Gulf fritillary at the farmImage by Vicki’s Nature >> unaltered via Flickr

Its Labour day weekend and school starts again for all the kids. YIPPEE!! This means that there will be less teenagers in the stores. They drive me nuts sometimes…lol Especially when they gather in big groups and take over a store. One thing that I do like this time of the year is all the great sales. I just wish I had enough money to buy everything. Gregg and I were at super store on Saturday and they had a huge clearance sale on a bunch of summer clothing. Everything was under 3 bucks. Some nice stuff too, but I didnt buy anything. I have to learn to NOT spend money when I see a great sale going on. Just cause its on sale, doesnt mean I need it. I end up buying clothes that i really dont need even if I do like it and wear it, but I still dont need it.

Anyways, what else has been going on? We went to see Mom’s new condo. Its huge! I think it will be so nice once its finished. She is doing a total make over on it. It will be so good to be able to have the whole family together at her place again. I didnt think I would miss it when they moved from the house to the condo, but I do. Maybe we will do thanksgiving day dinner there this year? We can all bring some food and do a potluck dinner.

Just to update you on my teeth. I am finally almost happy with them. I think I will need to go in one more time for one more adjustment. I think the one tooth is still a bit long, I cant bite down without feeling some kind of pain. The Aqualizer has really been helping a lot with adjusting my bite. So things are better in that department.

My body is a whole different story. From some unknown reason I woke up on thursday with a still neck and it still hurts when I try to turn my head to the right. Left turns are fine but turn to the right and it feels like I am pulling my shoulder up to my ear. I want to do my yoga but I guess it will have to wait till this goes away.

So that’s whats going on over in part of the world.

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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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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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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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