Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Tooth Extraction ... Gross

This is the good side ...

Tonight I went for the long anticipated tooth extraction.
The good news is that the freezing has not yet worn off so I can type this. The bad news is that I know what's to come thanks to a helpful hygeniest.
Anyway, I won't get into too many details because one word sums it up quite nicely. OUCH!
I went in trying very hard not to be a baby about things. And that lasted at least 30 seconds.
Actually, it was very cool because the dentist put this little camera in my mouth and I got to see things on the big screen. It made me realize that this procedure was definitely necessary and that the cleaning I've been putting off for, okay YEARS, is really necessary.
So, sparing the details. But, it's not pleasant. In fact, it's so unpleasant that the dentist chose not to tell me anything other than that he would freeze me completely, and I had to sign a waiver.
The whole thing was longer than I thought. He had to wriggle the tooth for a full 10 minutes. I was shaking. And then he gave me a break. I calmed down, we started again.
The good news is that when I was a little girl my dad used to pull my tooth using pliers (when they were ready to come out). So, I was prepared. I had dealt with this before.
All in all. A success.
My reward???
I got to keep the tooth. Admittedly the dentist said that he had never let a patient keep a tooth that was infected. But, he felt that since he didn't think I would get through this without hyperventilating (I used my yoa breathing techniques) or crying (it was close but I held those tears in) I could choose between the tooth or a sticker.
I chose the tooth.
Why? Because I wanted to share it with the internets. I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Feel free to show your children who don't brush their teeth.

And this is why they pulled the tooth - look at that hole!!!


sam said...

Gah!!!! Nastiness! LOL

I can't believe you actually have the tooth!

Think the tooth fairy will come tonight?

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

YIKES!!!! I'm surprised that you didn't feel that coming sooner.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that, I think...

LoriD said...

Booking my cleaning right now...

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Jay said...

Are you going to put that under your pillow?

You are so brave! I was having teh shivers just reading about this.

Ruthie said...

Ewwww.... they look a lot better in your mouth, don't they?