The Deed Is Dood

Well, this morning, my mom took me to the dentist to have my other lower left molar permanently deleted, and a bone graft put in the socket.  But through the grace of nitrous oxide and SomaFM’s Drone Zone (via internet radio app on my phone), I got through it OK.  I kind of dropped the ball yesterday, though, by not making me some ice baggies — A sandwich baggie half full of water with as much air as possible removed before sealing it, then lying it on its side in the freezer.  A viable alternative to those who don’t care for peas.

I had to make do with a baggie full of chunky cubes, which I put in the freezer after they melted and I had deaired the bag.

I had to take one antibiotic (amoxicillin) for five days prior to the extraction because mouth bacteria might enter the bloodstream  during dental work and wreak havoc in my new knee or my new cardiac stent, or my old heart valves. Now I’ve got  another antibiotic (cephalexin) to take to keep my mouth bacteria from infecting where the tooth was.  (Apparently, the animal bite most likely to become infected is a human bite.)

To get the maximum benefit from antibiotics , you have to maintain a constant blood level.  That means you’ve got to take them like you have OCD — obsessively take every dose compulsively on schedule.   Both the antibiotics the dentist prescribed were “four times a day”  which for me work out to 6 a.m., noon, 6 p.m. and midnight.  Because I have a tendency to get wound up in what I’m doing and then realize I’ve missed a dose, or else think I’ve taken a dose when I haven’t, that means an alarm clock app on my phone and each day’s dosage in a snack baggie, so I can see at a glance how many I’ve taken that day (as a more viable alternative to dumping the bottle out and counting how many pills are left).

Oh, and my dentist doesn’t prescribe narcotics for pain because (demonstrably) 600 mg of ibuprofen and 325 mg of Tylenol (acetaminophen) taken four times a day for three days works like a charm.  He was preaching to the choir in my case, because I did just fine after total knee replacement surgery on nothing but IV Tylenol.

I’m supposed to be on a very soft diet at least for today, so I’ve been taking my meds with a bottle of High Protein Ensure to maintain adequate nutrition and so I’ll have something on my stomach, but about noon I started jonesing for some of that frozen breaded shrimp that you bake in the oven.  Seriously jonesing.  Sigh.

I go back at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning for the dentist to check things out. I’m getting a dental implant, so it’ll take months for the main bone graft to take, and months for the regraft around the post to take, which means I’ll be chewing right-handed for the foreseeable future.

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

2 thoughts on “The Deed Is Dood”

  1. I hope it all heals well and faster than you expect. I had a dental extraction some weeks ago, thankfully not a bad one, but I’m too much of a coward to go for an implant (and can’t afford one anyway.) Good idea of using plastic bags and water, will have to try to remember that!

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  2. Well, I’m finally well past my own wisdom tooth extraction, and it all was much like your process: antibiotics before and after, ice (I did use the frozen peas) and some sort of lovely sedative. I did discover that Tylenol3 + codeine is an iffy proposition. It was great for two days, but then I realized it was the cause of my dizziness — not to mention an inability to stay awake for more than two hours. I switched to the Tylenol/Advil combo, and it was fine.

    Here’s the oddity, that I really love. After the healing was well underway and I was pain free, I suddenly started having pain again. The odd thing was it began about ten minutes after I’d eat, and then go away after about an hour. When I finally got myself to the dentist and described everything to him, he started to grin. Turns out it was a blocked salivary gland. A scan showed there wasn’t a stone, meaning that the plug most likely would dissolve away on its own. The prescribed treatment? A brief course of a different antibiotic, just in case and — sugar free lemon drops! The lemon drops activate the salivary glands, which produce extra saliva in response to the tartness, and that helps to dissolve the plug. It must be working, because after a day, I was pain free. Just amazing.

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