Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dentist Today

Went to the dentist today.  I should have gone earlier, by about 15 years.  The clinic could only take me in as an emergency tooth extraction, which according to insurance is for only one tooth.   The one exray they took showed two teeth in need of help.   They'll only be able to work on one, for now.  That's right, they did nothing today except a consultation.   The dentist was saying the teeth "might" be saved.   It depends, on what they find out next week.   First, the accompanying infection has to come down.   I am currently on amoxicillin and Ibuprofen 600 mg.   And that Ibuprofen isn't doing much for the pain so far.   Of course the pain is related more to the swelling due to the infection than from an exposed tooth.  Attack the infection, the swelling will come down and then so will the pain.... hopefully.  Next appointment is in 5 days.

Being that I've been homeless for most of my life, I haven't had access to much dental care.  The clinic in Nashville had one dentist who showed up only one day a week, and all he would do is pull teeth - wouldn't ben bother trying to save them.    Here in San Diego there's a big clinic with several dentists on duty.
Red State - Blue State.