- 4 years ago
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
Please allow me to vent! I am 21 weeks pregnant and just went through HELL! PS: This is slightly graphic.
Thursday night I was eating dinner and had a filling fall out. This was odd because it was only three years old. Friday morning I went to an emergency dentist for what I assumed would be an emergency filling. I did my research, and a basic filling can be safely performed while pregnant without harming the baby so long as you consult with the dentist beforehand.
When I got there they assessed the tooth (back upper molar). Turns out when the filling was done three years ago it was done poorly, and not sealed properly. Bacteria had gotten behind the filling causing a slow further decay of the tooth and a small ulser was even forming on my gum. I’ll spare you all the details, but in order to save the tooth it would have required a full root canal and likely a crown….if I wasn’t pregnant this wouldn’t be an issue….however…..due to the pregnancy, it would be unsafe to subject me and my baby to that sort of procedure due to the pain killers required, and the general stress on the body.
They told me I had two options:
They could give me a temporary filling which would have to be replaced every six or seven weeks until I give birth. This way the tooth wouldn’t get worse at least, but I’d still ultimately have to go through with all the nasty repair. They’d also have to monitor me to ensure I don’t get an infection….which was a risk, and could be a problem for my baby if I did get one.
They could also just pull the tooth. This was the option they reccomended I take.
So yeah, I chose to have the tooth pulled. What I didn’t really realise in the moment is the only thing they could give me because I’m pregnant was local freezing….and they could only give me so much of it safely. I felt EVERYTHING! I was fully awake and felt the stubborn tooth rocking around inside my gum as she pulled on it. I saw the blood on her glove and tools. I felt the violent ‘pop’ as my gum let it go…after almost 10 minutes of her working it out of my mouth. The dentist even commented on how brave I was!
Before the freezing wore off I was already in terribe pain. I had a mouth full of bloody gauze on one side, swollen cheek, a sore throat (side effect), nausea, headache and a visciously throbbing gum all the way to the nerve. The only pain killers I’m allowed to take are regular strength Tylenol, and they are about as useful as a wet fart in a hurricane! I was just sitting on my couch crying while Father-In-Law nervously tried to take care of me and calm me down (DH was at work).
To put it into perspective, DH had a tooth pulled once. They gave him the ‘appropriate amount’ of freezing…as there was no baby to worry about, AND sedated with him with valium. Then they sent him home with percosets.
I wake up today (Saturday) and while the pain is slowly going away, I am still feeling pretty miserable and wanted the comfort of my fellow Bees.
Thank you for listening.