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Monday, March 29, 2010

28 or something...

So I know that you have like 28 teeth or something like that, if you don't have your wisdom teeth, which I don't. They were pulled when I was 16 and I looked like a chipmunk for a good 2 weeks.
I have had the worst luck with my teeth, or genetics, because I think luck really has nothing to do with it. I brush my teeth 3 times a day, I floss each night (should do it in the morning, but always forget) and I use mouth wash each time I brush. You would think that my teeth would be great, healthy and strong.

They are NOT.

Sadly, my teeth have given me the worst nightmares since they came in as a child. And it seems that no matter how hard I try to take care of them, I end up with another cavity, another root canal, another crown to put on, another apico to do, another retreat to spend money on...

About two years ago, I had to have a tooth pulled, do to a failed root canal, a failed apico and a failed retreat of the root canal. Soooo after spending, literally thousands of dollars trying to keep the tooth and putting myself through tons of pain. I lost it anyways.

It was so traumatic for me. I felt that not only one tooth was missing, but two were. The gap seemed larger than one, and I felt so self conscious. I was a hilly billy with missing teeth!!! I have been living with only 27 teeth and it has been so annoying. Everytime I want to chew something on my right side where the tooth is missing, I am abruptly reminded I cannot, when that sharp chip, or that cold icecream hits my exposed, gaping hole of a gum line, it hurts, it freezes like ice and throbs when it gets pushed on.

BUT...over the last year I have been going through the process of getting a tooth implant. I had a bone graft, a shaft placed and I had to wait for it to heal.

I am happy to say that tomorrow, after years of being a toothless hill billy...hahah....I am finally getting "a" tooth back. I won't be my own, but at least there won't be this huge gap where my molar used to be. Hurray!!!

I can hardly wait to chew on my right side again! The bliss!


Suzanne said...

Hooray! I was an assistant for 3 years so I know exactly what you are talking about and OH MY! You have been through it, so sorry. :( I am impressed with dental vocab, unfortunately you learned the hard will absoulutely love your implant. Sounds like you will take great care of it too ;) oh and ps I am putting your headbands in the mail tomorrow. Sorry it's taken so long! Life's been crazy!

Emily said...

My sister is the same way.... she brushes and flosses alllll the time but she still has so many problems. They told her it was because her roots are close to the surface. Maybe you have the same thing? Glad you're getting you're tooth back!