It all started last Wednesday...a dull ache in my right cheek. It got progressively worse with the pain coming and going and peaked last night. Nothing like trying to sleep with a bad toothache. Aspirin and Extra Strength Tylenol barely made a dent. Called a new dentist in Alpine first thing this morning and luckily they had an opening at 10AM. The folks that got stuck out here Saturday finally got out by noon on Sunday...leaving plenty of ruts in the road for me to follow while I shot out of here to make my appointment.
Just as I suspected, an old root canal and crown had finally gone bad. Got a nice little abscess causing all the pain. Have to wait a few days for the infection to calm down so I am on 6 days of antibiotics and some Tylenol 3 to make the wait bearable. I am due to go back Monday for the extraction. Funny thing is it has been 15 years since I have been to a dentist and that last trip was for the root canal and crown that finally failed...bought me 15 good years of biting with that tooth. Also, I couldn't help but notice the x-ray technology improvements since my last trip. No more biting down on a little clump of plastic and cardboard with real film inside and a target ring attached to aim the laser gun at. This time I just put my chin on a shelf and got an instant digital panorama via a chopper cat scan of sorts. 77,88,69,0,B