The TRAUMATIC EVENT and a PSA
February 29, 2012 10 Comments
How good are your teeth? I ask this because I’ve come to discover that those silver fillings led to the most traumatic even in my adult hood. Like many of you, I have fillings. We’re meant to think that once these things are in our teeth, we don’t have to worry about them again.
We could not be more wrong.
Did you know that over time, depending on the temperature in our mouth, the moisture and natural wear and tear, those same filling will expand and retract, pulling away from the tooth and causing a small gap? It’s called ‘leaking’, and when a filling leaks, you can be in big trouble.
That’s what happened to me a few years back. I knew I had a tooth with a crack in it—a molar, the dentist told me and he was going to cap it, but funds wouldn’t allow it. Then, one day I bit into something and half of that molar was gone. I later learned the filling was the problem. It became weak from leaking and allowed a cavity to form underneath it. This weakened the structure of the tooth and hence the crack.
I really didn’t think anything of it. I’d been to a couple dentist since and nothing was really recommended. Back in September I was told it should come out because of the size of the cavity. I agreed, and, at the beginning of December I had it pulled.
One hour in the chair. I was awake the whole time. Not a good thing. I now know the sound a tooth makes when it’s snapped off from the jawbone. Something I will never forget.
Two bottles of painkillers.
One bottle of antibiotics.
Half an inch of jaw bone broke off with the tooth.
A hole in my sinus cavity due to the deep root.
My whole left cheek swollen for over almost a week.
Bruising on my cheek that went from my jaw bone to the top of my throat.
I couldn’t open my mouth any wider than a slice of bread for most of December.
Check your fillings, please. I don’t want anyone else to go through this.