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Wisdom is a dump stat

For quite a while now, I've had a sizable hole in my remaining upper wisdom tooth. Around two years ago I had to have its companion extracted due to excruciating and unremitting pain. I first noticed that the other was up to no good around half a year ago when I reached back there and could feel a hole in the side of it the size of the grand canyon. I was more than a little disturbed about it at the time but since it didn't hurt, I just shrugged my proverbial shoulders and ignored it. Over the course of the past few months, it's occasionally caused me some discomfort but nothing major. As long as I left it alone, it seemed more than willing to do the same. So that was the state of affairs up until last week when I mentioned to my mother that said tooth had a hole in it. She didn't take kindly to my no harm - no foul approach and harranged me until made an appointment to get the darn thing yanked out. Well, today was the day.

All in all, it wasn't bad at all and went just as smoothly as the last time. The guy basically grabbed my head and shucked out the tooth like an oyster. The most painful part of it was he was pulling/distending my upper lip so much that the little sliver up connective flesh up there was shrieking. Other then that, it was pretty easy peasy. There's a minor amount of discomfort now but it's being buried under the wheelbarrel of opiates I'm normally popping for other issues. I haven't actually tried to feel the gaping hole but I'm sure all the bits that should be gone are gone and all the bits that should be there are there.

Just like last time, they put the extracted tooth in a little envelope so I could take it home with me. You wouldn't believe the size of the hole in this sucker. I would guesstimate that a quarter to a third of one of the sides is just missing. It's pretty amazing that it wasn't causing a screaming crapload of pain given how much damage there was. Maybe if I feel the need to wig people out I'll post a picture of it tomorrow. Who wants to see?

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jirel
Apr. 21st, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
it probably was causing pain but you have enough drugs to stop it.

I've had wisdom teeth extracted but nothing else. My tarter keeps cavities from happening so I just decided not to get my teeth cleaned. Besides, cleaning always hurts and I've never been a big fan of pain for no reason. Kind of ironic now a days.
henwy
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
I dunno about that. It never seems that my pain meds are very good for acute pain. Maybe it's because the dosage is more for maintainance but in situations where I've stubbed my toe or otherwise caused myself sharp stabbing pain, the pills never seem to dim it from what I remember it feeling like.
austin_boo_moo
Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
I want to see the pic!

(I'm just starting to read the entries of the past 3 days, cuz I've been out of town. If you've already posted the pic, I'll come across as I'm going along, I guess.) :p
henwy
Apr. 23rd, 2009 07:57 am (UTC)
I'll try to get around to popping it up one of these days. I've been procrastinating at an epic scale lately.
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