It has been six days since Mr Bruce Gollings extracted my last remaining wisdom tooth, and I have to say that the patient is doing well. I had very little swelling, not much pain – I only had to take painkillers two or three times over the following three days, and none since then – and the bruise has only come up in the last few days. Indeed, I now have a nice green patch on my jaw, but even that’s fading fast.
Now that the swelling’s gone down, and I’ve had my stitch removed (although it was doing a good job of removing itself), I’ve been able to take a good look at the damage. You can see where the tooth was, if you look hard enough, which I don’t expect anyone but me will want to do.
My main concern is to keep the cavity clean and make sure that no bits of food get stuck in it. That was, after all, the main problem with the wisdom tooth itself – bits of food would get stuck just under the flap of gum it had cut as it erupted and rot. I’m now flushing it out with hot salt water after every meal (when at home), using the handy needleless syringe that my dentist gave me.
I am just so glad that tooth has gone, though. All those low-level infections I was getting really tired me out. I must admit, I feel much more chirpy and healthy now. All I have to do now is get rid of the vertigo that I was hoping was going to go away with the tooth,but which hasn’t.