The Young & The Toothless

I really thought that my last trip to the dentist was going to be just that.  For anything serious, anyway.  I'd still visit occasionally for check-ups and cleanings.  But that's it.  No more pulled wisdom teeth, root canals or broken teeth for me.  No, Señor!

Well, so much for wishful thinking.

My tooth troubles are back and turning into their very own telenovela (soap opera).

This morning, I was feeling like my usual happy, chipper self.  I spent most of the morning getting the kiddies ready and sending them off to school and picking up the house, so I could start my Cardio Mop workout.  It was about 10am, and I was starting to get a little hungry.  I'd been too busy to have breakfast earlier.  But before I could decide what I wanted for breakfast, I thought I'd sneak in a few minutes on Facebook.  (Priorities!)

Hubby was in the bathroom, brushing his teeth.  And I was commenting on a friend's status, joking about how I was sneaking in some Facebook time, when I should be cleaning and doing laundry.   

Then all of sudden, I felt this sharp, intense pain in my tooth.

For a second, I thought it was a sign from the Heavens that I should stop playing around on the computer and get to work.  One of those, "If I'm lying, may God strike me with lightning" kind of things.

But the pain continued.  And increased in intensity.   I didn't know what was happening, nor why.  I couldn't even speak to tell Hubby what was happening.  I was screaming and crying, because the pain was so intense.  It was so violently painful, I thought I was going to have a stroke or something.

Finally after a couple of minutes, I was able to tell Hubby that it was my tooth that was causing me so much pain.  Hubby then grabbed his cell phone and called Dr. Manny, our dentist, to tell him that we were on our way to his office. 

Lucky for me, my dentist is only 3 doors down and I was completely capable of walking there.  But I winced in pain every step of the way because even drawing in breath through my mouth was causing me excruciating pain.

Dr. Manny administered two different kinds of anasthesia to help alleviate the pain, but they weren't working fast enough for me.  An x-ray revealed that I have an infection in the root of one of my teeth and will need yet another root canal.

Oh joy!!!

So for the next few days, I will be on pain meds and antibiotics.  My mouth feels like I got punched in the face by Mike Tyson.  And it hurts to eat anything hot or cold.    

At this rate, I'm pretty sure I'm going to need dentures by the time I'm 40.  

I wonder if the folks at Colgate would consider sponsoring this blog.



  1. Leslie,
    You are so funny.  It's amazing how you made light of such a painful situation.  I'm sorry to hear of your tooth troubles.  Your lucky you live so close to your dentist!  I work in  a dental office and believe it or not....  I think some of it is inherited or the way your teeth developed.  Some of the best brushers and flossers have bad luck when it comes to their teeth.  Some doctors agree some disagree.... but i've been in the field over 17 years and i've seen a lot.  I can imagine the pain you are in, but hopefully the pain meds and antibiotic will help until you can get the rootcanal.  Stay positive. 

  2. Ouch!  Tooth pain is horrible,it's so close to your brain and you can't escape it.  I'm so sorry you have to deal with it, pobrecita.  Maybe you should have Dr Manny do a full mouth xray and see if you can find any of these sleepers before they go nuclear.   Now I realize I need to go and have a checkup myself, not excited about it as they always find something.  

  3. I think this could be hereditary!  My mom had to have all of her teeth removed before she was 50.  And one of my uncles as well.  The other uncle had them removed recently, but he's in his mid-50's.   So, hopefully I'll have my teeth for atleast another decade! LOL  

  4. A full x-ray is the plan, as soon as the pain and sensitivity calm down a bit.  I wasn't in any pain before this happened, but now that the worst is over, my mouth is very sore. :P 

    Best of luck to you at your next dental visit.  I hope they don't find anything this time! :)  

  5. hahaha.. I am sooo sorry to laugh.. but omg... bless your heart!

  6. There's nothing I fear more than dental pain. It's one main motivator to wear seat belts. I hate dental work. I admire your courage on posting that pic. I hope you fare better tomorrow. 

  7. Is it an abscess? Ouch! Abscess pain was worse than the pain of having all 4 wisdom teeth removed on the same day. I would rather give birth to an elephant than go through that again.

  8. OMG!  LOL.  Pobrecita!  I can't believe this happened to you again!  It sounds awful and really, I'm running to brush my teeth again after!  You're making me really sounds painful.  I hope you're feeling better and that you have pain meds to help.  Hugs to you amiga!  :(

  9. Or you could audition for the Miss Ozarks contest.

  10. And bless my teeth, please!!! :)  

  11.  Now that's a great idea!!! :)   A couple more tooth troubles and I'm a shoe-in to win! :) 

  12. This whole thing has me paranoid too!  If my kiddies thought that  I used to bug them about brushing their teeth, now I'm even more of a pest! :P  Pain meds have me feeling better today, but it still hurts to eat. :P 

  13. My induced labor pains were nothing compared to the pain I felt yesterday!!! :P  

  14. Man, tooth pain is the equivalent of c-section pain. I had my first, and hopefully only, root canal when I was eighteen. It was the longest, most painful procedure EVER. Take good care of yourself, have loads of yerba buena tea and know that once you're done with it, it's over. I hope you're on the road to recovery, amiga. Un abrazo.

  15. I lost the same tooth only on the left side. At my age, 69, I don't have any plans on getting a partial.