Sunday, September 23, 2007
Oral Surgery and a Not So Gentle Reaffirmation
Over the following few days I get a pain in the other side of my mouth, in a tooth that I believe I may need a root canal in, but no worries my apt is the next day. I go in, and he x-rays the tooth and says it is abscessed and sends me to an oral surgeon. He wont even cement in my fallen crown. I leave, very much in pain.
I find that my insurance only lists 2 Oral Surgeons in all of NY and NJ combined. I call one, He only has hours every other week and is booked. I call the other, no appts until the following month!!!! I ask them what am I supposed to do for a month, the woman to whom I addressed the question sweetly replied, "take painkillers," and then hung up on me.
I called the other one back and there was by divine intervention an opening. I went there and found that I needed an APICOECTOMY. Which means that there was a sist and infection between the roots of an already root canaled tooth. They had to drill into the side and scrape out the infection and biopsy it, as well as clean it all out.
After being stitched up, and having the post surgical pain begin to take its hold on me, I asked, "So doctor, what causes this?"
He looked at me and placed a hand on my shoulder and said,"Bad luck son, nothin' but bad luck." and then he mosied on his way.