Friday, November 11, 2011

I've never wanted a glass of ice water so badly in my life

I have not had a drink with ice in it for over a week.

I have not had a room temperature drink for over a week.*

If I do... the pain. It makes me want to curse (mother f*cker being the curse of choice), hit someone, or cry. Or all three.

The braces came off 2 1/2 weeks ago (hooray!) and my teeth were a little sensitive. Made sense. I used the special toothpaste I had always used before, and figured it would go away in a few days, like usual. Except it didn't. 6 days after my release from the brackets I took a drink atbreakfast and nearly keeled over from the pain. By the next day (Halloween, and I was room mom for The May Queen's class party) I had figured out that cold things are what REALLY set it off. The pain is, hand down, worse than labor. And I was in labor for 48 house. But this... this has been 13 days.

I've been to the dentist. And the orthodontist. There's no cavity. No decay. My bite seems to be OK (darn well should be!) We are trying some things to make it better.

In the meantime I heat up every liquid I drink. I have to have a mug of warm water to brush my teeth. If it's cold outside I keep my mouth closed, because the cold air on the tooth sends me reeling. I chew everything on one side.

But it is NOT getting better. And it looks like a root canal may be in my future. As much as I dread that, it has to be better than this pain.

The silver lining, I've decided, is that it has also forced me to kick my diet soda habit. In an act of true desperation I did, one day, microwave a mug full of Diet Pepsi. I've stuck to tea and lukewarm water since then.

* Except red wine. For some reason room temperature red wine does not bother the tooth at all. It's like a gift from God.


chrissy said...

oh no, you poor thing. I can't imagine how awful that must be. I hope you get some relief soon.

alejna said...

Oh, ouch, ouch, ouch ouch ouch.That sounds really awful. I hope they can solve it soon.

Courage to you, my friend. Also red wine.

Kat said...

Oh NO!!! That is the WORST. I am so sorry. I hope the pain easy IMMEDIATELY!!!!
In the meantime, stock up on a lot of red wine!

MARY G said...

I've had a similar problem. Cracked tooth, it turned out to be. It ended up that the tooth had to come out. And I could then sleep, eat and get on with life.
Root canal is a good option. I hope that will do it.
In the meantime, I am sending toothy sympathy, warmed!

Sarah said...

oh, no. how terrible! i am thinking of you and hoping that this gets resolved soon.

Melanie said...

I had the same issue (only not after braces), had a root canal and life was much better (and the root canal was honestly no big deal and I am TERRIFIED of dentists, took my iPod and just tried to concentrate on the music).... I found drinking through a straw helped me... but not with ice cold liquids... but yeah the cold air outside sent me through the roof... NO FUN

De said...

I have had root canal and capped a live, cracked tooth. It's not bad, and will provide instant relief. Then you can enjoy your new smile and everyone else can, too.

Rima said...

Oh, my gosh that sounds awful! For being such a small place, the mouth can cause a lot of trouble, I've learned. I hope it gets better soon. Form the other comments, though, it sounds like it can be fixed. And at least your smile is pretty!

Magpie said...

hot diet soda? hard core.

is it just one tooth?

hope things get better.

imbeingheldhostage said...

I shouldn't say this, but warm Dr. Pepper is wonderful. We used to put cans near the campfire and drink it instead of hot chocolate.
I'm so sorry PM. I know how debilitating tooth pain can be :-(

Kyla said...

That sounds yucky and painful! I'm not a fan of warm beverages, other than coffee.

dikvipreal said...

Thank you for sharing.