Thursday, April 12, 2012

I Hate Teeth

I hate teeth.  Really, I do.  Especially mine.

You see, I don't have very good teeth.  Last year I had the pleasure of having a root canal to save a tooth.  It was actually pretty painless.  I was surprised.  But anyway, I had a temporary crown put on at that time with the instructions to come back for the permanent crown.  Oh, and don't forget your check for the permanent crown when you come.

So, needless to say, I didn't go back due to our lack of money.

At Christmas, I was eating a yummy, gooey cinnamon roll and suddenly felt something in my mouth that shouldn't have been there.  Come to find out, it was my temporary crown.  Oh, boy!  It felt awful in my mouth but didn't actually hurt, so I chose to ignore it as we still didn't have extra money for dental work.

Then, in March, I chomped down hard on some food item and saw stars.  The next day, my jaw was swollen and tender, but I couldn't see anything in my mouth that looked broken.  So, once again, being the avoider that I am, I just tried to ignore it.

The week before Holy Week of this year, it started to really act up. I couldn't bite down hard on anything and had to cut my food up really small.  I knew the time had come to see the dentist.  

So I prayed to God that He would let my tooth stay together until after Easter and Confirmation.  You see, I cantor and sing in the choir at our church and we were scheduled to sing throughout Holy Week, including Easter Vigil, Easter morning and Confirmation on Monday.  I was afraid I would have to have my tooth pulled and that I wouldn't be able to sing for all those events.  And God was so good.  He did let me sing and worship Him without pain.

But now, I have an appointment tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.  Of course, they wanted me to have my teeth cleaned first, but I had to tell them that would be much too painful.  Could they please do something for my tooth first?  And she said, yes, X rays.  And wouldn't you know this week studies came out that state that people who have dental x-rays are at a way higher risk of brain cancer?  Great.  More worries.

So I plan to bravely march off to the dentist tomorrow (check in hand) to find out the fate of my teeth.  Please pray for me as going to the dentist is at the top of my list for places I hate to go. (or is it my ob-gyn visits).  Anyway, I will let you all know what happens after my appointment.  And please, don't forget your prayers!


  1. I hate teeth, too. Almost all of my teeth have been crowned. I grind my teeth at night, which causes them to crack and break. Last year I had a tooth implant. I really thought that was the way to go, but not only is it very expensive, it was not exactly an easy process. Still, I am glad i had it done and not have to get yet another tooth crowned and have a bridge put in. Someday, our teeth will be perfect, right? =)

  2. Maybe that's what is wrong with my teeth! The grinding at night! I also clench my fists when sleeping so my hands ache in the morning. I'm just trying to preserve the teeth I have left. I really don't want to ever have to get dentures. And, yes, in heaven all our teeth will be perfect!


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