Update on the tooth

by Suw on June 30, 2006

I know you're all as interested as I am about the state of my wisdom tooth, but, well, I don't have anything else to blog about. Well, I do, but that all requires thought and it's Friday.
So, the tooth is still sore. And what's worse, now I can taste the infection. Yuch. I have a special brush to clean it with, and that generally results in blood. I'm hoping that will stop as it heals. You see, the tooth has cut through more of the gum, and there's a sort of half-moon shaped flap of gum over the top of the tooth, and that's a haven for nasty horrible bacteria, hence the ickiness and the infection. It also makes it a bit hard to clean.
I'm not sure how much of the pain is down to the infection, and how much is down to the tooth erupting, but the further up it comes the better, because it will be easier to remove when the worst comes. It's not hugely painful, to be honest. It feels a bit like it did when I dislocated my jaw a few years back – sort of tight and achy and stiff. It's just that the pain doesn't really go away, not even with painkillers. It's coming up to two weeks now, so I'm somewhat bored of it.
The antibiotics are apparently pretty strong. And I can't drink with them. That particular issue was emphasised very, very strongly by the dentist and the receptionist. It's not that if I drink they won't be effective, it's that if I drink, I'll 'really, very, very ill'. Even sauces with wine in, and balsamic vinegar, are off the menu.
The pain of this is that on Sunday I'm due to go boating on the Thames, and this prohibition will mean no Pimms. Damn. That's just cruel. How can I go boating on the Thames on a nice hot sunny day if I can't have Pimms?
Oh well.
Pass me the lemonade.

Anonymous June 30, 2006 at 2:33 pm

I'm guessing Metronidazole, as tested by Swedish chemists on themselves, they they went for a drink to celebrate and ended up with projectile vomiting…
Still better than getting endocarditis (infection in the heart) from not having antibiotic cover.
And besides – some of us are having a year without alcohol (and I miss it today what with my comments being down and my brand new mac refusing to charge it's battery…)
Seriously – I hope it gets better soon.

Anonymous June 30, 2006 at 2:50 pm

Oh – and have you seen this article about the potential future of tooth rebuilding?

Anonymous June 30, 2006 at 2:55 pm

You're good! Spot on.
They mentioned that if I drank alcohol I would be very, very sick, physically, but they failed to mention the projectile vomiting. Which is a shame. They should tell that little anecdote because it'd be a lot more effective than just saying 'Don't drink… no really, don't'. I mean, I'm a good girl anyway, but not everyone takes such warnings seriously.
Bummer about your comments. I thought your post about citizen journalism was very good. Full of excellent posts.
Also bugger about your new mac's battery. Taken it back yet? Stomp on their heads til they give you a new one.

Anonymous June 30, 2006 at 2:58 pm

Wow! That's amazing. The potential for using that is just astonishing – particularly if it works for bone too. Cool.

Anonymous June 30, 2006 at 3:33 pm

Trained professional me.
Also that sort of story tends to stick in the mind of a young(ish) student nurse mind. Be aware that the above story may be an urban myth – but it's a good one.
Apple are sending me a new battery today, although I think it's more a problem with the power management (which I can't seem to reset). So it's fine to run if it's plugged in, but that's not really the point is it. I even signed up to AIM so I could get an iChat signon…
Time to switch (back) to a PC!
And yes – I write something that I hope will get a lot of discussion and Blogware craps out on me. Bugger it, I'll take it as a message from the Universe that I'm not meant to be a meta-blogger.

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