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In which I get my teeth floated - Tactical Ninja

Apr. 5th, 2012

12:58 pm - In which I get my teeth floated

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When I got the first lot of wisdom teeth removed I was 26. I had just left my husband and was living alone as a single Mum in the boonies of Dargaville, struggling to extract myself from my previous life without completely isolating myself. I was suffering from a chest infection I'd had for over a year, that was exacerbated by the teeth abcessing in my gums and my body constantly fighting off infection. I was in a pretty sorry state and had no money.

I was eligible for free dentistry due to being on a benefit, and so I went in and had them removed on the same day.


The offending articles:



They were growing inwards instead of upwards and they were also rooted in my jaw - literally. The dentist had to cut away a piece of bone (which you can see in the right hand one) to get them out. My face swelled up for days and I have always sworn that it was worse than childbirth having them removed.

This time, one was showing signs of decay and the other was fine but a nuisance because it got food stuck in it every time I ate.

I feel like I've come full circle. These days I'm in excellent health, I eat well and haven't even had a cold for 2 years. I'm fit and I don't smoke. I'm in a healthy relationship with someone who loves me and treats me with respect and being a parent mostly involves vending money, food and advice rather than nappies. And I have the money to pay for it myself. But I wonder, if I hadn't had that free dentistry all those years ago, would I ever have been physically healthy enough to make the moves I needed to make to get me where I am now?

These ones had bulbous roots but didn't have their legs crossed around my skull, and the dentist knew this before tackling them because of X-rays. She wiggled and jiggled and carefully wiggled some more, and out they came.



Dentistry's come a long way since that poor bloke had to saw through my jaw to get my teeth out. Right now my mouth feels weird and I reckon I'll be in some pain later but right now It's all good and I'm looking forward to not being the toothpick lady.

But but but, look what I found while looking for my old teeth to photograph!



Yes, my Mum kept all my baby teeth (and grist's), and when she died we found them in little jars in her cupboard. Aww...

(yes my family is weird)


Anyway, now my tooth jar has four large ones in it as well, two of which still have bits of gum clinging to them. And I have two large holes in the back of my mouth that will prevent me from eating nuts for a bit. Oh noes, I shall have to eat ice cream instead!

There was talk of Fidels tonight. I've no idea if I'll be up for it or not, it depends how good these pills are. I do like my buckets of latte...

PS Today I signed up for intermediate adagio class. They start on my birthday!

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From:strude1
Date:April 5th, 2012 02:02 am (UTC)
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Yay for the removal of wisdom teeth - very wise move ;)

I don't know what your pain threshold is like but I found going on a cross-country journey the day after having all four out to be not-so-fun due to the road vibrations. YMMV though :)

(I have all my baby and removed teeth too - would have continued on the tradition but daughter is incredibly skilled at losing her teeth *after* they fall out.
Yours are so much prettier than mine though, I am incredibly envious of how white and pearly they look. :)
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From:polychrome_baby
Date:April 5th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
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You have convinced me (it wasn't hard, I admit) to keep ALL of my children's teeth as they come loose.

That display is actually pretty darn cool.
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From:starlajo
Date:April 5th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
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OW Toofs :(
I had the choppy-outty wisdom tooth thing too. It was NASTY.

Also, you should get dressed up like a fishy and come and dance to cute poppy music with us next week:
https://www.facebook.com/events/244780508946889/
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From:damnitnicole
Date:April 5th, 2012 05:19 am (UTC)
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Cool!!!

They don't let us keep them anymore, here in the States. :(
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From:tatjna
Date:April 5th, 2012 07:06 am (UTC)
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Why on earth not?
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From:damnitnicole
Date:April 5th, 2012 08:33 am (UTC)
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If they were to fall out at home, fine. But at the dentist, they say now that it's a biohazard for me to keep what came out of my body. :(
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From:tatjna
Date:April 5th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
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Wow. That's.. almost incomprehensible.

I wonder if that's a product of the insurance/litigation relationship that seems to exist in the health system there?
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From:damnitnicole
Date:April 5th, 2012 09:35 am (UTC)
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That'd be my guess.
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