Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Whole Tooth, Part 3 - The Rest of the Story

I'm home from the dentist, and I'd love to eat something. Because all I've had today was a protein drink and a diet soda. However do I survive on such a punishingly small nutritional intake?

But I can't eat anything. It hurts too much.

Tall Balding Pale Dentist Man stuck a large needle an INCH into the gums in my tender, small mouth. Did you know this? That the nerve that runs under your bottom teeth is an INCH below the surface? I didn't know this. This is why dentists hide the needle, because it's freakishly long and terrorizing.

Apparently, I got a special bonus today in the form of a direct hit to the nerve. I grimaced and clenched the chair. It was as if I could feel the novocaine entering. When he was done, Tall Balding Pale Dentist Man explained. "That nerve is fairly small, so usually I don't plow directly into it like that. That's pretty rare." He seemed pleased with his skill. My lip was instantly numb.

Now that sensation has returned, the nerve is pissed. You think I'm being dramatic, but I'm not. The entire side of my face hurts, including my ear. I was really looking forward to crunching my way through some melba toast with havarti tonight, but it looks like I'm going to have to put it in the blender again. Boo.

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