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    someone canceled so I got into the endodontist today. They did more x-rays and tests and found the culprit tooth. It'll need a root canal and a crown. Currently my appt is set for Thursday afternoon but they might have an opening tomorrow morning (since I have off tomorrow... but Thursday I'd barely miss any work since I start at 6am). I'm not excited to get a root canal, but at least they'll numb me up AND I'll know the problem will be fixed.

    There's some other minor damage to teeth in that area (one of the ones with a filling has small cracks starting in the teeth, no doubt from my compulsive chomping). I have a bad habit of chewing hard things, including ice... I know it's not good for me, but I have trouble if I don't pay attention and have hard stuff in my mouth. They'll work with me on the TMJ related stuff after, right now they will alleviate the acute pain by fixing the major bad tooth.

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    I'm not a dentist but I did stay at Holiday Inn last night.

    Glad you figured out what the hell was going on. I too am side-eyeing the dentist that didn't catch the problem originally. I'm sure you're probably getting charged for multiple visits for this single issue...a little annoyed on your behalf. But I can understand that you're likely happy about anything that gets you one step towards total relief from the pain.
    A lot of it is covered by insurance (my health plan + my dental insurance), so that's positive. I'm annoyed that the first dentist wasn't really sure what was going on.

    But yeah, right now I just want the pain to end. I can think more clearly afterwards. it sucks when your life just becomes a 24 hour cycle about how to mitigate pain without screwing yourself up in some other way. (It gives me a lot of sympathy for folks who deal with chronic intense pain.)
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    someone canceled so I got into the endodontist today. They did more x-rays and tests and found the culprit tooth. It'll need a root canal and a crown. Currently my appt is set for Thursday afternoon but they might have an opening tomorrow morning (since I have off tomorrow... but Thursday I'd barely miss any work since I start at 6am). I'm not excited to get a root canal, but at least they'll numb me up AND I'll know the problem will be fixed.

    There's some other minor damage to teeth in that area (one of the ones with a filling has small cracks starting in the teeth, no doubt from my compulsive chomping). I have a bad habit of chewing hard things, including ice... I know it's not good for me, but I have trouble if I don't pay attention and have hard stuff in my mouth. They'll work with me on the TMJ related stuff after, right now they will alleviate the acute pain by fixing the major bad tooth.



    A lot of it is covered by insurance (my health plan + my dental insurance), so that's positive. I'm annoyed that the first dentist wasn't really sure what was going on.

    But yeah, right now I just want the pain to end. I can think more clearly afterwards. it sucks when your life just becomes a 24 hour cycle about how to mitigate pain without screwing yourself up in some other way. (It gives me a lot of sympathy for folks who deal with chronic intense pain.)
    Hope you get in tomorrow! Btw, perhaps ask the endo if what this article recommends, might help to prevent future cavities.

    https://www.livestrong.com/article/5...rebuild-teeth/

    While there is no evidence that taking calcium supplements rebuilds the teeth, certain forms of calcium applied directly to the teeth can strengthen and repair enamel and enhance the beneficial effects of fluoride.

    Amorphous Calcium Phosphate
    Amorphous calcium phosphate, or ACP, helps prevent the breakdown of tooth enamel, which can lead to tooth decay. It also repairs enamel by stimulating recalcification. Because calcium phosphate attracts fluoride, ACP increases the amount of fluoride that can get into the enamel, boosting its resistance to tooth decay. Because of its restorative effects on tooth enamel, ACP can also reduce tooth sensitivity.

    ACP Products
    ACP is an ingredient in some fluoride toothpastes, mouth rinses, chewing gums and lozenges. Professionally applied products with ACP include tooth-whitening systems, fluoride varnishes, in-office cleaning paste and treatments to help with sensitive teeth. ACP may be incorporated into dental materials used for orthodontic treatment or for restoring decayed teeth.

    Cheese and Teeth
    The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says that certain cheeses -- including aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella and Monterey jack -- help protect the teeth against cavities and promote enamel repair, especially when eaten alone or at the end of a meal. These cheeses stimulate saliva flow, washing away food residue and cavity-promoting bacteria. They also contain large amounts of calcium and phosphorus, which protect against acids in the mouth and promote enamel repair.

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    I'd use Co-Codamol when I don't have access to antibiotics which honestly is way better than most antibiotics sometimes since it doesn't give me any shitty side effects.

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    The combination of the antibiotic and the root canal seems to have resolved the major issue. Once the novacaine wore up last evening, I could eat, had no real pain (although there's still a residual weirdness / fake ache, like my jaw remembers / hears the echoes of the screaming pain of the last week and is still uneasy), and even slept in a bed finally last night, which annoyed the cats because they were getting used to sleeping wherever they wanted in my bed.

    I just need to schedule for a crown within the next month, with my regular dentist.

    Now that the acute problem is gone, I can sense other things... including the sinus stuff. There's sinus pressure impacting my upper teeth, for example. It was just all overshadowed by the problem tooth.

    The tooth was in such bad shape that even after they shot me up with all that novacaine on the left side, when he drilled out the filling and started to touch the tooth itself, it wasn't numb in the pulp and my hand shot up and knocked the tray out of the way. (I couldn't talk, because they had the rubber mat and jaw propped open and all that.) I felt bad, but he also knew I couldn't help it; he said it was so inflamed, it needed direct dousing with novacaine once it was exposed. As soon as he doused it, I didn't feel anything more... but the left side of my tongue was also numb for a few hours after that. (My brain tells me the response was logical and there's no way anyone could have sat through that without being numbed; I still felt embarrassed though, over the involuntary response.)

    I'm glad I had multiple forms of insurance, although I guess one could make the case that I'm simply paying bi-weekly instead of a lump sum. Still, the cost of the root canal was only about 22% or so of the total cost of the procedure, if I would not have had any insurance. I don't know how people who can't afford the work deal; you kinda have to get it done regardless if you're in that much pain, and then you go into debt.
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