Double Whammy!

Less than a week before going to Greece for my birthday, I have an infected wisdom tooth.

And the nerve inside the tooth is infected as well.

I’ve just spent an entire evening having holes drilled into me, but it hurt so much they couldn’t even kill the nerve endings.

If they take out the tooth, my holidays will be screwed. If they keep drilling to stop the nerve infection, I will probably explode from the pain. Either way, I’m screwed.

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  1. And this is why you are supposed to brush your teeth.

    Not that I brush my teeth, go to the dentist, or ever have any problems with my teeth.

  2. Unfortunately, the dentist explained to me that brushing my teeth wouldn’t have helped. The only thing that could have saved me would have been being born with a different genetic makeup.

  3. Not that genes do not play a big part in everything but I think that by definition an infection is caused by an outside organism that would of been far less likely to have infected your teeth if certain hygienic protocols were followed.

    Now I have no idea if brushing teeth regularly helps mouth hygiene or not but I am sure there are things that you can do that would of helped prevent infections.

    So in summery: I am no dentist, but saying that you could not of prevented this sounds almost certainly wrong.

  4. Some people just have naturally bad teeth. I know a few of ’em.

  5. Are you disagreeing with me?

    If so I never said that some people do not have bad teeth, but that is even more reason to follow teeth care protocols.
    No one, have they bad or good teeth, is not subject to the laws of infection nor do either group have some immunity from affecting their teeth health.

    And diet/general health is far more of a contributing factor to teeth health then genes. So yes some people just have bad teeth, just like some people are born mentally challenged, but most people simply don’t just have bad teeth (there is a reason for it).

  6. Ouch poor Jonas. Still things could go better than expected, you can’t tell with dentists. Now to the questions: a) when are you coming? b) will you be doing the Athenian tour?

  7. Now I have no idea if brushing teeth regularly helps mouth hygiene or not but I am sure there are things that you can do that would of helped prevent infections.

    So in summery: I am no dentist, but saying that you could not of prevented this sounds almost certainly wrong.

    I wish you were right. Having had so many issues, I actually do just about everything possible in terms of mouth hygiene. But this problem is due to the position of the wisdom teeth, which have grown sideways. Cleaning the areas that are infected, which are tiny spaces between the gums and the tooth, actually required anaesthetics, because it basically consisted of taking a sharp metal object and prying my gums away. In other words, the only way I could’ve kept that tooth healthy is being regularly performing self-surgery on it… which I don’t think is such a wise idea.

    Ouch poor Jonas. Still things could go better than expected, you can’t tell with dentists. Now to the questions: a) when are you coming? b) will you be doing the Athenian tour?

    a) The 19th of May.
    b) No, but we’ll probably come again in late August/early September, and will try to drop by Athens then.

  8. As for genetics, it does really make a difference. Verena’s teeth are insane – basically nothing can get through them. Mine are so fucked up (as are my gums, no matter what is done to them) that my poor dentist completely despairs at them.

  9. You must tell me. How will your vacation be screwed?

  10. If they take out the tooth? Well, not being able to eat, drink, or speak like a human being tends to make holidays a lot less fun. Then there’s not being able to open one’s mouth, bleeding, pain…

  11. James Patton

     /  May 14, 2011

    this problem is due to the position of the wisdom teeth, which have grown sideways. Cleaning the areas that are infected, which are tiny spaces between the gums and the tooth, actually required anaesthetics, because it basically consisted of taking a sharp metal object and prying my gums away.

    Ouch! Sorry to hear that. I hope they find a solution that doesn’t ruin your holidays. 🙁

    [edited by Jonas to add blockquotes]