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The Good, the Bad, and the OUCH!

July 16, 2008 Sarah Coggins

So many things going through my head tonight. Mostly the latter of that title. The ouch! One of my molars started hurting last night during dinner. I had a filling put in it last month and assumed that was the problem. It still hurt this morning so I called the dentist and managed to get squeezed in at 10am. After x-rays (very uncomfortable x-rays I might add), poking, looking, thinking, a bite test (OWWWW!) and more thinking – the cause is not officially determined. It’s been narrowed down to 2 options. Either I somehow upset the ligament holding the tooth (root with me for this one, ok?) or I cracked my tooth. If it’s a upper tooth crack, I’ll probably need a crown. But, if it’s in the roots, she said it’ll have to come out. Definitely rooting for the ligament problem.

So, what does one do for a ligament issue involving a tooth? Apparently take anti-inflammatory and wait. Sounds simple enough? Nah. I like to complicate things. See, I don’t react well to medicines with naproxen. All anti-inflammatories have it. I’ve been through this one with the pharmacists enough to know that ibuprofen, Advil, Alleve, etc. are all bad for me. But the dentist wanted to check. Ok. I wait and let her. She comes back with another option (still has naproxen though) – try taking aspirin. Only be careful because aspirin can cause allergic reaction in asthmatic patients. Uh huh. Great. I have asthma. And enough allergy issues.

After that excitement I found myself in the drug store looking through my aspirin options. Every thing had “(NSAID)” as part of the label (ie, that equals “contains naproxen”). Frustrated and hurting, I opted to grab a bottle of ibuprofen. Yes, it’s on my “do not take list” but so is every other option. The tooth hurts and I was getting pretty irritable. I really thought it was *just* the filling and she would refill it. Then bye-bye pain. Nope. Still here. And, so far, no horrid reaction to the ibuprofen.

  • Ter July 15, 2008 at 10:30 pm
    ouch, indeed! Hope it works out for you and as minimal pain as possible.
  • Janet July 16, 2008 at 9:20 am
    Oh, dear! Sorry you're having this problem. My DH just got a crown for a cracked tooth. The tooth was causing him some pain but the crown process went well. Hope this gets resolved soon for you!
  • Colleen July 16, 2008 at 9:33 am
    Oh no Sarah! I hope you're feeling a bit better today and that this can be resolved without too much work! I need to make a dentist appt today too!
  • Linda July 16, 2008 at 1:22 pm
    I hope you are feeling better today and that you just upset the ligament
  • oceans5 July 16, 2008 at 11:10 pm
    Ouch! I hope you get some relief soon.
  • Gabrielle July 17, 2008 at 12:35 am
    In my opinion, there is nothing worse then a toothache! OWIE!

    Hope your feeling better! :)
  • Darcey July 17, 2008 at 9:30 am
    Good Luck! I hope the pain is gone and that it is a quick fix.
  • emily July 17, 2008 at 4:54 pm
    Oooohh. Feel better!
  • Cheri July 24, 2008 at 2:44 pm
    Ouchie ouch! How are you feeling by now? I didn't see any comments on this above...hoping you feel much, much better by now.
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