Extraction day that is.
I know having a tooth pulled is not an experience unique to me. Even still. I'm going to share. If you've never had a tooth pulled out before then here are...
7 Things I wish I'd known about getting a tooth pulled out:
1. You may miss your tooth and wish you'd gotten that root canal.
2. No matter how small the tooth looks out of the mouth, the gap in the mouth is big.
3. The first few days are sore. Bad tooth gone ≠ pain is gone.
4. It will heal. Give it time.
5. The salt water gargle recommended by your dentist is spot on. Better than pain relief in pill form I reckon.
6. It is recommended you rest, meaning SITTING DOWN, for a few hours immediately after. I was given the ok to walk home (20 minutes, including uphill) because it was necessary and not too strenuous. But warned that I shouldn't be running after children or bending down to them all afternoon.
In that case, since I must, I'll read a book during kindy/nap time.
And then have my gorgeous friend Johanna come over and run my household for me. Laundry folding, dish washing, child entertaining, delicious-salmon-dinner making Johanna. What a gal.
7. Oh and the actual extraction doesn't actually hurt. Neither do the numbing injections. It really was just a pinch. Or "pressure". And then a strange pushing, then pulling, loud crack and a pop. The worst part for me was feeling my jawbone on the opposite side being yanked to and fro opposing the dentist's pulls. That was WEIRD.
I only got one opinion on whether or not you'd like to see photos of a blood filled socket. So if you're in the "no" category, don't click to enlarge.
(note: pool of blood (dentist's terminology), swollen face and mouth parts, BIG gap)
(note: no blood, barely visible clot, shrunken socket, wisdom tooth noticeably moved forward already)
Day 1. I was sure I'd made the right decision. What you can't see in that picture of my tooth is the large hole that goes right from the top to the bottom of the tooth, hollowing out everything in it's path. Also the black cloud visible from the outside of the tooth that proves decay was all that tooth had left to offer.
Days 2-4. I wasn't so sure I'd made the right decision as I heard of others having great experiences with root canals. The gap in my mouth was huge. I just wanted to chew properly. I kept painfully knocking my lonesome wisdom tooth on my top jaw. It wasn't healing. I missed my tooth.
Day 5. Nat tells me to be patient. After all it was after 2 weeks that the dentist said I should expect the socket to be covered with tissue, deep healing to follow over the next 4 weeks after that. I remembered I was supposed to be doing a salt rinse after every meal. Despite some bleeding, things got better.
Day 10. Not painful. Visible progress in healing and movement of wisdom tooth. I am "at peace" with the decision.
Even still. If there's a next time I think I'll get the root canal. Turns out I really like having my teeth. And I have no more spares.
(Disclaimer: Mine was a straightforward, single rooted, conical shaped root at that extraction. Please don't be angry at me if your complicated, double rooted, twisted in either direction and needs to be broken in pieces extraction is less than rosy. Make sure you trust your dentist.)