Toothless in Mexico

I have a recurring dream where I lose my teeth.  Sometimes I lose only one tooth.  Other times I lose all of my teeth.  I'm not a dream analyst, but I did read a dream interpretation book once and I remember reading that when you dream of losing your teeth it reflects your insecurities about your physical beauty.

I disagree with that interpretation.

When I dream of losing my teeth, it's because I'm really afraid of losing my teeth, because that would mean a trip to the dentist.  And well, I'm absolutely terrified of going to the dentist.

Why?  I don't know.  I've never had a bad experience with a dentist.  I'm just afraid to go.  I'm afraid of the pain they are going to inflict with their drills and sharp instruments, while I lay helpless in their reclining chairs.

It's because of this fear that I refused to go the dentist last month when one of my wisdom teeth started giving me trouble.  After all, it was just a little pain, swelling and sensitivity.  Nothing some over-the-counter pain medication and an ice pack couldn't cure.  (Funny side note: The day my toothache started, I was at a birthday party surrounded by a dozen dentists.)  

A couple of days passed and the pain disappeared.  I was ecstatic to have avoided a visit to the dentist.

Then the pain returned.  This time the over-the-counter stuff wasn't working.  So I went to ask my dentist brother-in-law for something stronger.  Only he had already left for the day, so I asked our close family friend Dr. Manny.  (You've read about him in Jack Goes to the Dentist.)  When Dr. Manny handed me my prescription, he said "If the pain doesn't subside in a couple of days, come in and I'll take it out."

Luckily for me, the pain disappeared after a few days.

Until this last weekend.

That darned tooth hurt like the devil Saturday night.  I wasn't able to go to sleep until 4 o'clock in the morning.  And I was up by 7 because the pain was just too much.  Nothing worked.  I tried pain medication, ice packs and warm compresses.  When we arrived at my in-law's for lunch, I practically begged my brother-in-law to remove my tooth.

I no longer cared about the horror stories I had heard from friends and acquaintances about the immense pain one experiences when having your wisdom teeth removed.  I had even forgotten the story about the woman who bled to death and died in her sleep after her wisdom tooth was pulled.

Dentist brother-in-law prescribed antibiotics and pain medication and said he'd take an x-ray in the morning.

Yesterday morning, over breakfast, bro-in-law asked Hubby about my toothache when Dr. Manny chimed in that he could see me at 10 that very morning.  When Hubby came to tell me the "good" news, I started panicking.  I came up with 20 excuses to get out of going, BUT...the pain I was experiencing far outweighed any fears I had.  So, I willingly went to the dentist.

While Dr. Manny worked on removing my tooth, I waited and waited for the excruciating pain that I'd heard so much about.  I was sure I would feel it, since Dr. Manny had only applied a local anesthetic.  But the pain never came.  All I felt was a minor discomfort and it was nothing compared to the pain I had been feeling over the weekend.

I may have lost a wisdom tooth, but I found this pearl of wisdom to be true...
"There is nothing to fear, but fear itself."

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(P.S.) For those of you who are curious as to how much it costs to have your wisdom teeth removed in Mexico...I was charged 200 pesos (less than 20 dollars) and a cake! 

19 comments

  1. I have the losing teeth dream too. I hate that dream!
    I had my 3 wisdom teeth out in college (I didn't have a 4th for some reason) and it wasn't bad at all. I was eating regular food the very next day.

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  2. Oh yeah - I hate those types of dreams. As for the wisdom tooth, it is the most random thing the way they hurt for a bit, then the pain subsides. Good luck with it all!

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  3. I too have had dreams of losing all my teeth. Very weird. It's because I have been putting off going to the dentist and I know I will have to go soon. Glad you are out of pain. I think it's best to keep our yearly appts. with the dentist that way we don't have to have a root canal, now that is a humdinger. Ayeeeeeee!! :D

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  4. Glad that it's over, so to speak. You are fortunate to have Dentist in the clan, otherwise I am sure it would have been a few more pesos and would not have received as custom a treatment.

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  5. I used to have that dream all the time. I heard it means that you feel something is out of control in your life.

    The first day is probably very painful, but you're so drugged up you don't notice. After that, it's just a little uncomfortable :) At least that's my experience!

    Next time, get these things checked out ASAP! Glad everything's ok :)

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  6. I put off having my wisdom teeth out for 5 years, during which everyone wanted to tell me their horror stories, but when I finally went, it was such a relief, and the pain far less than it had been for so long.

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  7. Hi, Lisa here. Still kind of new to blogging, but just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your blog and good to hear you got that tooth out. I am actually a dental assistant, you would be surprised at how many patients are terrified. Even to just get a cleaning. It is a good thing that tooth came out, the infection would have just kept coming back. Even though I am an assistant I have been putting off taking out my last two wisdom teeth too!! Hope you are feeling better now.

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  8. I, too, have that reoccurring dream!! I will be spitting out my teeth as my entire jaw hurts....WEIRD! I have it at least every quarter! I, too, dread dread dread going to the dentist! Glad everything worked out well for you! :) Those wisdom teeth can be not so nice.

    amber from charlotte, nc

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  9. Strange. I have never had a tooth dream. Nor have I had a bad dream. At least in the last 30 years or so. Lucky, I guess.

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  10. I've dreamed it too but it's always the front teeth and nothing else. I must be really worried about my appearance!

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  11. Can't say I've ever had teeth dreams. My wisdom teeth were fully grown out, like regular teeth, so it was a basic extraction when I had mine out.

    I had a filling last week. My hands were literally trembling and I was sick to my stomach. I hate going to the dentist, too.

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  12. Oh my goodness. Get out of the city. What a great rate for having a tooth removed! I am glad you overcame your fear. I absolutely LOVE our dentist. He is one in a million. I even do a post about him every year : ) It is one of our favorite places to go.

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  13. Lucky you though, a dentist in the family! I too have these dentist and tooth fears! LL

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  14. I've never had the losing teeth dream but it sounds like a terrible one! And I didn't think getting my wisdom teeth out was bad at all! I've had a cavity filled and that's way way worse!

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  15. I had to laugh when you said the pain came back in earnest on a Saturday night. It seems anytime any medical/dental emergency happens, it's late Saturday and nothing can be done to deal with it until Monday. Caramba!

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  16. Thank you for your support during this difficult time. I do not like going to the dentist eaither! I had my wisdom teeth out as a teenager and it was evry painful! Have a great night!

    Mama Hen

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  17. Oh and the price, that is unbelievable!

    Mama Hen

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  18. I too have the teeth falling out dream! One of the things I love about Mexico is that medical/dental care is somewhat inexpensive! Each of my babies only cost be 40 dollars for the delivery! (Of course a "Tio" Doctor delivered me so that helped!)

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  19. I never have that kind of dream! Mine is usually that I'm driving from the back seat and can't steer to well. I always hear hubby say things are "so expensive" in Mexico! Sounds like dr visits aren't so bad?!

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