03 March 2010

Back from the dentist

Good news and bad news from today's visit.

The bad news, I developed dry socket. I've heard lots of horror stories about it, especially . . . THE PASTE (which I always picture them saying in hoarse whispers, LOL). People said it hurt just a little less than childbirth. Well, I'm here to say: either they had a really bad case of this, or childbirth isn't nearly as painful as it looks on TV. I mean, it hurt, but a gallbladder attack hurt worse. This was more like a really really bad abcess tooth. Which is still under a gallbladder attack as far as pain goes, at least to me. And THE PASTE wasn't that bad. It's made from clove derivative and covers the bone or nerves so that it can heal. It's not the most pleasant thing I've ever tasted, and it smells strongly, but it tastes like clove cigarettes (do they even make those anymore?), and, since I have nothing but positive memories of those, this does not bother me. I imagined it tasted vaguely of strawberries and rubber, and that would stink, but this is tolerable. Anything is more tolerable than pain.

The good news in all this? I took advantage of being numb to acquire some hot Krispy Kreme donuts. If you're going to eat after eating very little for 9 days, it needs to be something decadent, right? Plus, they're soft, no sharp edges to scrape sore teeth, and they melt. Soooooo goood.

(UPDATED: THE PASTE does not taste so hot 3 hours later. It tastes a bit like one's mouth tastes after smoking a clove cigarette, after the clove wears off. It just tastes like a cigarette now. Still not worth uttering the name in a horrified tone, but a bit nasty. But I can say, my mouth does not hurt. I'll smell like an ashtray mouth to be pain-free.)


Julie M said...

Glad you have an answer but dry socket is the pits! Hope you heal quickly!

I love love love Krispy Kremes! Don't get them very often anymore though as I have to drive quite a ways since they closed the store on our end of town.

Feel better soon!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I hope you feel all better, very soon! I actually like the taste of cloves and love clove gum - the cigarette taste I could do without though. Yuck!

Mmmmm.... KK's. Mmmmmmm! Especially when they're still warm!

April Mechelle said...

Thumbs up on the Krispy Kreme Donuts ! :) Glad it is not hurting you, but sorry you have stinky mouth.. lol I just had a 3 visit root canal with an abcessed tooth. I also know pain.. Hang in there.

Vicky said...

Yep, you can still get clove cigerettes in Bali.

Hope you are feeling better

Carol said...

Hope you're feeling a lot better today, Rachel. I remember my son's experience with dry socket after his wisdom teeth were removed--not fun at all!

Enjoy those donuts :)

Pumpkin said...

Glad to hear you're on the mend but did you just rub a KK in my face???? And a warm one at that?

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