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Saturday, July 15th, 2017 09:54 am
This week I had a tooth crack on me on Wednesday. This resulted in a trip down to the local government dental clinic "emergency" sessions at 8.15 in the morning on Thursday, and a third tooth extracted. I'm sitting here with a hole in my jaw which is throbbing at me, but recovering pretty much on schedule.

Tooth extractions are always annoying for me. I blame my ancestors, who were hard-headed pub-brawling miners and farmers from Yorkshire and Lancashire, and who could take the hardest blow to the jaw without losing any teeth. I appear to have inherited this particular quirk, which means getting teeth extracted for me has involved things like getting one tooth sectioned (sawn into four parts, and each of those parts removed separately), having another tooth pretty much shatter rather than come out neatly (resulting in splinters of dentine descending through the gum for about six months afterwards) and this latest one was a tenacious little beggar which did not want to come out at all, and with a nerve sensitive enough to need at least six shots of local in various places in order to numb me enough for it to come out without screaming. In the end they had to cut away the gum and grind down the bone in order to be able to get a grip on the root and pull it out.

I feel inclined to send the dentist a thank-you card, and the hope the rest of her day's work wasn't anywhere near as frustrating.

I'm currently on a diet of soup, pasta, and other such mush until my jaw heals up enough that attempts to chew aren't interpreted as a direct assault on and by every tooth in my head. It's not actually the socket which hurts when I chew, it's the other teeth near the socket, all of which got jostled around in the process. Clenching my jaw is not likely to happen for at least another fortnight at this rate. I'm taking nurofen (ibuprofen) on a regular basis to deal with the pain (down from every four hours on Thursday to about every six hours today, I think) and hoping things will clear up soon. I'm also on a course of antibiotics (amoxicillin) to prevent any infection, so one of those three times daily, plus rinsing 4 times a day with warm salt water.

I trust I don't need to point out this is a good reason to keep up with brushing your teeth? Trust me, this stuff isn't fun.

Hopefully I'll wind up on their maintenance schedule, and I'll be able to see about things like replacements for the three teeth which have been removed so far (as well as maybe getting a bit of work done on my right-hand incisor, which is also gradually chipping away).

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