Saturday, March 21, 2009

Help! I have a toothache :(

My left wisdom tooth started to hurt a little sometime last week when we were in Pittsburgh. I didn't think much of it but it became worse and worse. The left side of my head began to hurt and my left jaw was hurting like crazy. I had to pop Advil and used Orajel like a crazy woman to get some minor relief for my headaches and toothaches. I knew then that I had to go to the dentist. I am not a big fan of the dentist but the pain was killing me. I called 1800-dentist to look for a dentist that is located somewhere near our area and also someone that accepts my dental insurance. They recommended Smile Today in Nutley and I made an appointment for this morning.
When I said that I am not a big fan of the dentist, that's actually an understatement :P I am actually kinda terrified of the dentist (yes la, I can hear Sharon Ong going...scared what?). I don't even know why I am terrified of the dentist..hahaha. Anyway, I went in early today and it was a nice looking clinic. Very friendly staff and the dentist was pretty cool too. She took a look at my teeth and said that they will take an xray. You folks wanna see?

Well, from what she sees and from the xray, she said that I should just extract the wisdom tooth that is giving me the problem. She also said that I might as well remove all four of my wisdom teeth, since two out of the four is bad and another one is growing sideways. The dentist then referred me to two oral surgeons for me call on Monday (they are not open on weekends) to set up an appointment. She said she is not sure if the oral surgeon will remove all four or just the one that is giving me problems, I guess I'll know once I call them on Monday.

I really hope I can get an appointment to extract the tooth soon, I'm in so much pain. She thinks they should be able to slot me in sometime next week. Meanwhile, she prescribed me some pain killers ( Tylenol #3 with Codeine). Anything with Codeine is good :P I'm supposed to take it once every four hours but the pain comes back after 3 to 3 and the half hours. That's when I have to put on some Orajel and stuff. Man, I just can't wait to remove this tooth!! Another thing sucky about this meds is that it makes me drowsy! After taking the meds in the afternoon, I think it knocked me out cold for a good part of the afternoon..haha.

Guess how much we paid for the dentist to take a look at my teeth, xray as well as pain killers? ZERO dollars! Looks like the insurance covered all if it. We were expecting to pay at least some sort of a minimal payment but we were pleasantly surprised when we found out that we didn't have too!! Yay! Oh and checkout what I got to eat earlier today. Some super yummy, silky and soft HK Shrimp Chee Cheong Fun that we bought from 555 Asian Supermarket. Just perfect for people with a bad toothache :D Double Yay!!

Aaarrgghhh, it's beginning to hurt again. As long as the pain killers are working, I feel fine. In fact, I would sometimes even forget that I am having tooth problems. It's only when it begins to wear out, then it's hell all over again. Please pray that I will get an appointment as soon as possible to fix this and that I will not be in so much pain until then.


aahhh-CHEW!!! said...

Ooooohhh Charlene ... you have such nice teeth ... ahahaha ... it's true, it's wise to remove those wisdom teeth ... they have no function in the chewing ... and if left unchecked, it will put unnecessary pressure on the teeth next to them ...

Charlene n Kevin said...

Yalor...the surgery to remove all four wisdoms will be on Thursday. Pray for me ya? *takut takut* :P