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Sot his past Tuesday, I go in for what I think will be a quick oral surgery. A couple of years ago, when living in the O.C., I had a root canal (2nd root canal) on a back molar. There was just a little left but the dentist went ahead and salvaged the tooth and placed a crown on the bit that was left. Well…it lasted for a while and then popped off while driving home from the office a few weeks ago. The roots were still there but the top of the tooth broke off at the gumline. so I go in for the oral surgery. There wasn’t really a problem with the surgery and I even drove myself there and back.
But then the trouble began. I had a meeting at the office after the surgery and made it through that but then had to leave before another meeting. The pain began and didn’t stop. The medicine didn’t really seem to work and then I reacted to the medicine in a “not so pleasent” way. The pain continued until yesterday when it was simply getting worse and worse. I called my dentist (Mark Blackmore) who rocks and he opened up his office after hours to see what was going on. After he lifted a few large of clumps of stuff he exposed the bone to affirm that I had developed a dry socket! OUCH and unvelievable! I have has oral surgery before but am a good clotter so have never had any lingering effects like this. He packed the tooth and I am doing much better…but still have some lingering pain!
I continued to work out, go to work, clean the garage, prepare the message for tomorrow, be dad…so on and so on with a dry socket…..looking back I realized something…if I had known that I had a dry socket I would have tended to the problem. So why dind’t I do that? Well…..maybe its because I kept thinking that things would be better and I wouldn’t need to trouble anyone.
When there is a problem…when you know something is wrong or think that someone could be wrong…just pick up the phone and call someone. Ask someone a worthy person for their opinion, ask your child what’s up, ask your spouse if something is bothering them, ask your boyfriend if there is anything that you need to talk about…just ask. Asking only leeds to the answer but if you never ask the question…you can rest assured that you WILL NEVER KNOW THE ANSWER.