My frequent readers will know from my previous post that I have spent the past few days in search of a cure for a toothache. I have good news, I found one!!
I tried all the relief from toothache cures that I could find, including painkillers like Tylenol, Ibuprofene, as well as applying ice, swishing whiskey over the tooth, rinsing with warm salt water, packing raw onion around the affected tooth, oral freezing gels that you apply topically, and even meditation and just trying to plain old ignore the pain, suck it up, so to speak.
While all of the above worked on some level, albeit short term, I’d say the ibuprofene was the most effective. It did work pretty well at stemming the pain at least for a few hours at a time.
However, today I found the best toothache cure in the world. The Dentist!! Yup, a visit to the dentist cured my toothache….who knew that was gonna happen??
An hour and 30 minutes in the reclining dentist chair with a lovely assistant sucking blood, spit and stuff out of my mouth, (with the neatest little vacuum) the dentist giving me a half dozen shots of freezing and some other stuff I didn’t quite understand, and presto, one root canal all done!! It was miraculous. Even more miraculous was the speed at which the pain went away and my mouth felt better. I recommend it. Even if you don’t have a toothache, the lovely young assistant stuff is kinda fun.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with a root canal, let me explain. One of your teeth gets sore, then really sore, then really, really, really sore, until you are crying. That’s when you start to consider desperate action, like going for medical help, i.e. a dentist. He does stuff to your tooth, involving a lot of frigging around in your mouth with tools, needles, drills, power grinders, small hand axes, screwdrivers, wrenches, a vacuum, various clamps and pry bars, some actually not bad tasting glue, all while you have a piece of some kinda rubber fitted over your mouth so breathing through your nose is a necessary skill to have…..then when that’s all over, he plunges a big hand into your wallet and takes a big bunch of money in exchange for services rendered. And you thank him profusely, because believe me, it is well worth it……
So much fun that I am going back next week to have a molar extracted on the other side…not sure what ‘extracted’ means but it sounds like it might be fun!!
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