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Who Knew One Abscessed Tooth Could Cause So Much Grief?

As I mentioned previously, I have an abscessed tooth that needs to be extracted. A root canal was attempted on this tooth awhile back but due to the unusual nature of the tooth, it was not possible to do a successful root canal on it. (The instruments were bending and it simply wasn’t possible to go any further). Two endodontists later, I have been referred to an oral surgeon to have it extracted.

The green number 29 above refers to the tooth number affected. The green arrows and number 2 below indicate that this tooth has two roots despite the fact that it is not a molar. (It should only have one root). The yellow arrow points to the tooth behind that one. It is marked with a crown symbol because it has a crown on it. The red arrow points to the abscessed area beneath tooth number 29. The blue arrow points at the tooth in front of tooth number 29. Last but not least, the purple arrow above all three teeth indicates where a bridge will go (over the three teeth). I’ve been told that it may take months for the area to heal sufficiently following the extraction before the bridge can be installed. (The crown will come off and the bridge will sit where it is now).

Having had two previous extractions where anesthesia failed (and I felt everything!), I have been very nervous about having another extraction. On top of that, out of the four colonoscopies I’ve had, for two of them the IV sedation failed and I felt everything. (For the other two colonoscopies, the pain wasn’t as bad but I never got sleepy – the way the hospital staff kept telling me I would/should).

To make a long story short, my dentist sent a letter to the oral surgeon explaining why he believed general anesthesia would be appropriate in my case. Thankfully, the oral surgeon “gets it”. Since he is the chief of the oral surgery department and since his office suite is located right in the hospital building, it will not be necessary to use an operating room. (He has everything he needs right in his office and he can administer the anesthesia). This will cost far less money than having general anesthesia in the operating room. It will be done as an outpatient. The figures I was given by phone were far higher than reality. He apologized when he learned of the figures his staff had given me and told me that I had been “misinformed”. What a relief that it is far less money than I was told initially and that he’ll be using a general anesthesia medication.

In the meantime, I recently had a migraine for 8 consecutive days. I don’t think the abscessed tooth helped matters any. (My primary care physician was telling me last week about how my dental issues could affect the migraine pain).

Now that my migraine is gone, my blood pressure has stabilized. It had gotten quite high during the migraine. My primary care physician instructed me how to tweak the dose of my blood pressure medication (something I need to do based on where I am at in my cycle). Right now, I’m on the usual dose. I don’t want to double the dose unless I really need to. Plus, altering the dose may affect my Reynaud’s.

In any event… between the migraine for over a week, the abscessed tooth, the appointment that got squeezed in because my PCP wanted to talk (in person) about the blood pressure spiking up and down, and other medical appointments, I have been feeling drained and overwhelmed. I will be happy to get this extraction behind me (scheduled for early October).

To say that I am behind on replying to emails, blog comments, and Facebook messages would be an understatement. I can count on one hand the number of blog comments I have submitted in the past month or so. I appreciate everyone’s patience. What I’ve described in this post is really just the tip of the iceberg, I’m afraid. I really dislike getting backlogged on messages. While I know that other people who have chronic illness(es) understand, it still overwhelms me when things get as backed up as they are now. Thank you all for your understanding.

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1 endochickNo Gravatar { 09.24.11 at 10:46 am }

What a nightmare you’ve been through with this tooth business! I hope it all goes ok.
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2 DarleneNo Gravatar { 09.24.11 at 11:30 am }

We just want you to feel better Jeanne. So happy the tooth extraction/anesthesia issue has been worked out.

Please don’t ever worry about getting behind in your blogging, or E mail messages. Just take care of you!! xoxoxo

3 AmandaNo Gravatar { 09.27.11 at 4:16 am }

The only dental work I have ever had was braces, but because it was such a complicated case (super high palate, teeth at 90 degree angles to what they should be and some being pushed back into my palate) I had to have it all done over a period of 5 years, 3 different types of braces, and all through the hospital rather than a dentist. And I can say from that experience that whenever something was done I’d have a headache for days following so I think you’re right in guessing your tooth could be affecting your migraines 🙁

I’m thinking of you lots even if I don’t manage to get online or write much myself these days. So glad to hear the costs are lower than quoted and you have a date scheduled for the work to begin. Take care of yourself in the meantime xx
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4 Jannie FunsterNo Gravatar { 09.27.11 at 7:31 pm }

Oh, dear dear sweet Jeanne, I am so sorry to hear you’ve been feeling so poorly. “Poorly,” not even coming close to describing it, I’m sure. An 8 day migraine — I just can’t imagine.

There must be some very very great karma coming your way, Jeanne! And it better come soon.

Early October will be here soon. I have a feeling the surgery will go great. The general will take. And you’ll be awake and recuperating before you know what hit you. And tooth pain free.

I wish you sweet restful times. Taking care of you is the most important thing.

You are ever in my thoughts and heart.

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5 JeanneNo Gravatar { 09.28.11 at 5:27 pm }


It’s been interesting. Thanks. I hope it goes well too. I’m now on day 4 of another migraine. Hopefully the extraction will help reduce the migraine triggers (even if hormonal triggers seem to top the list for me). My blood pressure has been stubbornly spiky with this latest migraine.


You’re so sweet. Thank you. I know I shouldn’t get worked up about getting behind. It’s just hard not to. I never know what I’m going to find buried in older messages and I worry that someone will think I’m ignoring them or something. It’s a constant battle to keep up with messages.


Yes, I think my dental problems are impacting my migraines.

I’m thinking of you often too. Yes, it’s a relief that the cost is less than initially anticipated. It will still be costly – but less so than I first thought. Thank you. xo


Oh, Jannie… you are so sweet. Yes, that last one was an 8-day migraine and the current one is on day 4 now. I can’t get this tooth extraction done fast enough.

I hope it goes smoothly. With all of the forms of anesthesia I’ve had over the years (many), I’ve never had this kind… but I’m so busy being grateful that the oral surgeon agreed to use general anesthesia that I’m not letting myself get too anxious about what adverse effects are possible. The only way I’ll ever know if this anesthesia will work for me is to try it and I’ve never had any major trouble with the various types of general anesthesia I’ve had over the years. So, I’m telling myself not to worry.

I’m seeking out the “restful times” when I can. Yes, self-care is very important.

Thank you for your always-uplifting feedback and I hope you are doing well as you make your second CD (which I can’t wait to hear)!

You are ever in my thoughts and heart too.




6 Eight Is Enough… — { 10.03.11 at 1:00 am }

[…] course, given what’s happening with my hormones combined with the fact that I have an abscessed tooth, I may be engaging in wishful thinking. Hopefully the tooth extraction this Thursday will help […]

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