No we didn’t slide on the ice, I went to the dentist for my six-month checkup…all $235 (X-rays included) of it. David took me to lunch afterward,
I needed cheering up. I have some new decay under a gold crown on the right side of my jaw (Dr. Wei, the endodontist saved this tooth and crown when he removed the dead nerve via root canal a few years ago). And, I may have an abscess on the left side of my jaw.
At least it looks like an abscess. Could be another dead tooth requiring yet another root canal and crown. Dr. Levine banged on my teeth and I didn’t wince so the teeth in question are probably dead.
My oral surgeon, Dr. C. removed an abscess from the right side of my jaw a couple of years ago, which required outpatient surgery (with anesthesia) at our local hospital. He had it biopsied and it was cancer free.
Don’t know which prospect is more chilling…another abscess with a possible complication, or the need for a second root canal and crown. Both will be expensive, although my insurance would cover most of the cost of the first.
The thought of an abscess is scary, however. Dr. L knew I was upset, and looked at me and said, ‘It’s not cancer.” But how could he know this when he has already said Dr. C will do a biopsy of the material he removes from the tooth?
HERE’S WHAT THE MAYO CLINIC HAS TO SAY ABOUT TOOTH ABSCESS:
A tooth abscess is a pocket of pus that’s caused by a bacterial infection. The abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth for different reasons. A periapical (per-e-AP-ih-kul) abscess occurs at the tip of the root, whereas a periodontal (per-e-o-DON-tul) abscess occurs in the gums next to a tooth root. The information here refers specifically to periapical abscesses.
A periapical tooth abscess usually occurs as a result of an untreated dental cavity, injury or prior dental work.
Dentists will treat a tooth abscess by draining it and getting rid of the infection. They may be able to save your tooth with a root canal treatment, but in some instances it may need to be pulled. Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications.