Aug 28, 2014

Dental Failure


You guys, I got my first ever tooth filling yesterday...and I'm feeling all kinds of melancholy about it. I went 27 years, 10 months, and 19 days without ever having a cavity and BOOM, one visit to the dentist later and I'm getting not one, not two, but three fillings. T-H-R-E-E!!! %$*@! I'm ashamed and disgusted with myself, too. I could have boo-hooed the whole way home, but I was too busy drooling out of the side of my numb mouth, so I figured one involuntary bodily function was enough for the moment. 

I blame Germany for this. Gummie bears and copious amounts of semi-sweet Riesling weren't staples in my diet until I moved to that sugar-riddled country and now I have 3 tiny, expensive souvenirs from our time there. Gee, thanks! I also award blame to my sealants for their supporting role in deciding to jump ship and making my cavities even more possible. NO SLOW CLAP FOR YOU! But seriously, this kind of rocked my world. Going from having a brag-worthy cavity-less mouth to having 3 black spots of death in one fail swoop makes me sad. And it hurts...literally. As if a regular teeth cleaning wasn't already irritating enough on my mouth, I thought it would be a brave idea to get the fillings done in the same visit. The dentist had time, so I said, whatevs, let's get this over with. As they were prepping their scary tools and sticking all kinds of nonsense in my mouth, I kept mentally beating myself up and trying not to barf from the nerves. They tried to give me laughing gas, but I refused it. Glutton for punishment, I was. I deserved to be totally aware of this awful experience. That'll teach me, right? Glad I refused it because the whole filling process really wasn't that bad. My entire mouth is still sore today, but I didn't die, so yay for that. Apparently my cavities were itsy-bitsy baby cavities, and I'm making sure to tell everyone that so as not to feel as awful about my dental failure (re: denial).

Anywho, after driving home drooling all over myself, I spent 5 hours yesterday afternoon thinking my face was swollen the size of a soccer ball (truth: it wasn't) and Googling ways to make Novocaine wear off faster (hint: there isn't a way). I'm the epitome of a baby. I called my mom and sister to confess my news and they laughed uncontrollably at my misfortune. Guess I deserved that after all my years of not-so-humble bragging about my stellar cavity-free mouth. Karma is, indeed, a bitch. But really, they both laughed and consoled me. Mostly laughed though. I was also talking like a slurring drunk. Your tongue literally doesn't work when it's numb. So weird.

 When D got home from work and I was basically dying of starvation because I hadn't eaten a thing since 7am (tip: don't agree to same-day fillings when your original cleaning appointment is at 9am and they don't finish the extra stuff until after noon), I finally said f**k screw it...let's get fro-yo! A giant middle finger to my 3 cavities with more cavity-causing sugar. Yep, seems about right. They probably shouldn't have suggested I eat soft, cold things for the rest of the day (they actually mentioned Slurpees--I mean, really). My mind went straight to ice cream (#duh). Doc, I'll see you for another filling in 6 months. 

21 comments:

  1. Ugh bummer!!! I had my first filling last year and I was devastated! lol it's amazing how a dental visit can turn your day into crap.

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  2. oh you poor thing! I had 2 wisdom teeth out recently (just because they were taking up too much room) so can relate to your pain, although I did have a teensy filling apparently at the dentist a while back (only 26 years of bragging here), so teensy I didn't know he'd done it until I went to pay!

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    1. Oh goodness...I still have my wisdom teeth, so I know the day those suckers come out, I'll be a wreck! Hopefully they stay right where they are and never give me grief. Glad you were only aware of one dental procedure at the time...less stress, I'm sure!

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  3. I had to get a root canal on one of my bottom teeth, and my whole face was numb for about 6 hours. I thought the numbness would never go away. I couldn't even drink out of a straw haha

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  4. I remember feeling like a failure when I had my first filling about 18 months ago; I felt even worse when 13 months after said filling, I had the filled tooth removed (luckily it was a back molar, so you can't see it when I smile)!! Yep you got it, I paid a crazy amount of money to be in the most paint I've ever been in (I don't have children) and now I'm super anal about cleaning my teeth, although flossing EVERY DAY is still a habit I've not managed to get in to after three months! Here's to bad teeth and loadsa sugar; I feel your pain, girl xx

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  5. Oh this made me laugh so much! Another thing you can blame it on: European water doesn't put Flouride in it, which much of the water from the US has. So when you drink water over here you aren't strengthening your teeth and in the US you do! (tap water, of course)

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    1. Yep! More blame for Germany!! It's all their fault!!

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  6. I was cursed with poor oral genetics, and have had cavities since I was little. I STILL get anxiety every time I have to go to the dentist, because I almost ALWAYS know I'm going to need something done. No matter how much I brush/floss/rinse, etc! :(

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  7. Yeah the same thing happened to me this past year. I wasn't on insurance for a few years then got some and BAM. They had to do 8 total but half were teeny ones that they wanted to take care of before anything happened. Frustrating thing is I'm pretty good about keeping up with my dental routine.

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  8. That sucks- I would have reacted exactly the same though!
    I have yet to have a filling and the idea of getting one is somehow awful even though practically everyone has them!

    Lizzy at Nomad Notebook

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    1. Yep, it IS as awful as it sounds! Well, the process of getting the actual filling wasn't too terrible, it was more me being dramatic about even having to get one in the first place. It was a sad day in the Cote household...for one of us, at least! ;)

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  9. that stinks! I had two cavities as a child that grew in that way! the dentist said when they pushed the baby teeth out they got a small puncture in it. Ok no biggie. Fast forward to senior year of college and my health insurance ran out. No more dentist for me. literally the next day I cracked part of a tooth off and never got it fixed. 7 years later I finally get health dental again and it wasn't pretty 3 cavities on one side. She numbed my whole right side of my face from like my lower eyelid to my chin. so uncomfortable. I couldn't talk. Then in all my infinite wisdom decide that going food shopping at the commissary was a smart thing to do. ugh bad idea! should have went home to sleep it off!

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  10. Well done for going nearly 28 years without a filling! That's impressive! I had a tooth out today so I feel your pain. My dentist gave me 3 lots of anaesthetic so my face felt majorly swollen and I couldn't speak properly for several hours after. I'm still too scared to eat anything besides soup!

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  11. Oh no! I'm sorry you had to go through that. It's not your fault Germany is laden with delicious, sugary treats! Although you should have said yes to the laughing gas... it could have put an entertaining spin on your long day at the dentist!

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  12. I do not like the dentist and I don't like to go but I am better then my daughter she doesn't go she has a real fear of the dentist and freaks out at the mere thought of the dentist

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  13. I haven't been to the dentist in a while but am a little scared when I do I will have to face the dreaded first filling!!

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    1. Fingers crossed that won't be the case for you!!

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  14. eek! I too found out yesterday that I had a sugar-induced souvenir from Europe. *shakes fist*

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    1. SHUT. UP. We are cavity twins. Our virtual friendship just elevated to a whole nutha level.

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  15. Yes, it seems teeth get gnarly outside of the US when you're used to US fluoride-rich water and dental care :/ Great writing on this post!

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  16. Ah cavities, the bane of my existence. My family has pretty horrible teeth so I've had quite some work done (totally ashamed about it too). At least they were baby cavities!

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