Sunday, June 05, 2005

“Dumbing down…”

Do you know what mesial impaction is? I didn’t until today morning. And what is even surprising is that I am “suffering” from it. For all those whose first name isn't Ameya or are lazy enough to google or wiki “mesial impaction” let me give a layman’s definition – the wisdom tooth is trying to break out of my goddamn gums and causing a lot of pain simply because it is tilted at an angle. Atleast I think that is what it is. After the dentist showed the video of what they were going to do to me, I think I fainted for a few minutes and missed out on hearing about a crucial part of my problem.

I am facing the possibility of having two of my four wisdom teeth extracted! And the worst part is that the 4th isn’t even “born” yet. But the dentist wants to smoke it out and get it off my mouth come what may. I feel sad for this tooth. :( It just sat below my gums being quiet, causing no harm – heck! I didn’t even know it existed. But one fine day its contemporary on the other side of the mouth decided raise Cain. And now the troublemaker is going to be evicted…and maybe the silent one as well.

After having seen the video of the bone being cut and then the tooth being gouged out, things are pretty quiet dentally. The tooth is trying to stage a recovery of sorts and make me change my mind. Heck even I want my mind to be changed! But the damage has been done and there is no redemption…:(

So come Friday night, I shall be going through the “dumbing down” phase. I shall find out my threshold for bearing pain. Nice thought to help me get through another working week.

6 Comments:

At 8:13 AM, Blogger Bloggard said...

Oh yeah, I've been through that. Fortunately for me, the job was done by an extremely skilled dentist. Your suffering doesn't end there though...heh heh heh....you are gonna look like you have the mumps...for a few days. And oh, liquid diet. buwahahahahaha

 
At 8:13 AM, Blogger Bloggard said...

oh, did i mention all that blood you'll be spitting out? by the bucket.

 
At 9:26 AM, Anonymous dentistspeaks said...

hey chilli
Inder's done a good job of scaring you. my advice- don't listen :)
allow me to familiarize all with this condition you're suffering from.
first, its not a rarity, almost every other person as what is known as an 'impacted tooth'. this is most commonly the third molar, which is also the last to erupt of all the teeth. now why this happens is because of lack of space for this tooth to erupt, because of which it tends to deviate, if it is not genetically present in an unfortunate predetermined position, that is. and in an effort to make room for itself, it leads to the symptoms that you may have experienced.
second, this tooth can choose four ways to position itself, out of which your type is the mesial type, which means simply that it faces your second last molar on the affected side. if it faces the opposite side, it is knoen as 'distal'. the other two positions are 'vertical' and'horizontal'.
third, the procedure is essentially painless and there is no reason to worry, if the standard protocol is followed while removing it. in a nutshell, they cut through the bone and take the tooth out. following this, the area is sewed back up or, in scientific terms, is sutured. this often causes a swelling, which is just a natural response of the body to all the meddling. you'll have to be on a semi-solid diet and not a liquid diet, for a coupla days afterwards. and excessive blood flow results if the healing process gets disturbed due to untoward stress on the operated area, for one by the dislodgement of the sutures. shouldn't happen normally, but nothing too serious if it does too :)
i hope this has helped.
good luck
khush
addendum: think of this as an opportunity to eat all the ice cream you can.

 
At 9:27 AM, Anonymous dentistspeaks said...

hey chilli
Inder's done a good job of scaring you. my advice- don't listen :)
allow me to familiarize all with this condition you're suffering from.
first, its not a rarity, almost every other person as what is known as an 'impacted tooth'. this is most commonly the third molar, which is also the last to erupt of all the teeth. now why this happens is because of lack of space for this tooth to erupt, because of which it tends to deviate, if it is not genetically present in an unfortunate predetermined position, that is. and in an effort to make room for itself, it leads to the symptoms that you may have experienced.
second, this tooth can choose four ways to position itself, out of which your type is the mesial type, which means simply that it faces your second last molar on the affected side. if it faces the opposite side, it is knoen as 'distal'. the other two positions are 'vertical' and'horizontal'.
third, the procedure is essentially painless and there is no reason to worry, if the standard protocol is followed while removing it. in a nutshell, they cut through the bone and take the tooth out. following this, the area is sewed back up or, in scientific terms, is sutured. this often causes a swelling, which is just a natural response of the body to all the meddling. you'll have to be on a semi-solid diet and not a liquid diet, for a coupla days afterwards. and excessive blood flow results if the healing process gets disturbed due to untoward stress on the operated area, for one by the dislodgement of the sutures. shouldn't happen normally, but nothing too serious if it does too :)
i hope this has helped.
good luck
khush
addendum: think of this as an opportunity to eat all the ice cream you can.

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger kPg said...

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At 8:59 PM, Blogger kPg said...

My dentist just told me that I have an impacted tooth, and it has to be taken out via surgery. It's kinda scary, don't you think? And it's very expensive. I wrote about it in my blog, please check it out. Thanks!

 

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