Day 15 Of Being Intentionally Thankful – November 15, 2013
Today, I’m thankful for my periodontist, his staff, Novocaine and laughing gas. Yep, I had to have a tooth extracted this morning. One that has been bothering me a few months and absolutely giving me a TERRIBLE fit the last few weeks. I have a fairly high pain tolerance but this molar was inducing some major pain this week. I’d say on a scale of 1-10, it was a 20. Yes, it was that bad and nothing brought relief. Anyways, I finally called my dental specialist for an appointment two days ago to check it out and probably get it removed. At least I hoped it was that simple. They worked me in for this morning and now I am one tooth lighter and pretty much pain-free from what they called an erupted tooth with exposed roots. No wonder I was ready to take a hammer to my jaw earlier this week!
Here’s a bit more of the story and why I said I hoped it would be as simple as pulling a tooth. About 10-12 years ago, I had been experiencing severe dental issues for a while. Many of my teeth loose and my gums very irritated and inflamed, in spite of brushing well and caring for my teeth properly. I didn’t have a regular dentist any longer at that time and needed help finding the right one. A friend who is a dental lab specialist and owns one of the leading dental labs in the south recommended I see Dr. Charles McBrayer, a periodontal specialist.
Dr. McBrayer diagnosed me with advanced periodontal disease, a dental disorder that in my case is hereditary and due to an over abundance of the normal mouth bacteria that everyone has. Basically, no matter how much I brushed and flossed, the problem would have still likely arose because no dentist had ever realized this. He advised a treatment plan that included extracting over half of my natural teeth, oral surgery that involved scaling the bones and direct antibiotic application to the gums and bones, and regular quarterly cleanings on the remaining teeth. While I did have to have a couple more teeth pulled soon after the initial mass extraction process, for the last 9 years or so, Dr. McBrayer and I have managed to hold on to what few teeth I had left. That is until today.
In those years, I’ve been pregnant and had a baby. Pregnancy affects your teeth and gums and usually not in a good way. Dental issues when pregnant can cause problems for pregnant women and their unborn baby. My periodontal disease issues could have resulted in very serious issues. Dr. McBrayer and his staff worked diligently to make sure that didn’t happen plus my regular hygienist in his office was extra gentle when cleaning since I could not take my usual nitrous oxide while pregnant.
Then came the inevitable time around 6 years ago when I was forced to get a total knee replacement to my right knee. A major injury in my early teens had left me with almost no cartilidge and damaged ligaments that were unable to be fully repaired way back in 1982. We pretty much knew that someday, I would need some sort of repair work done as the bones eventually began rubbing each other and the joint became completely incapacitated. In case you didn’t know, any type of joint replacement requires that special care be taken with dental work. It means that every single time I go in for so much as a cleaning, I must take antibiotics to protect the prosthesis from any bacterial invasion through the blood or bone from the dental work. Again, Dr. McBrayer and his staff have been critical in helping ensure that this does not happen by working with me and my orthopedic surgeon on this.
So thank you, Lord for sending me to Dr. McBrayer! Thank you to Dr. McBrayer and your staff for helping keep my healthy and capable all these years. Without your expertise, skill and fabulous patient care, my life and that of my family could and likely would be very different today.
Until next time….enjoy your at home world and be #IntentionallyThankful!
Posted on November 15, 2013, in At Home Extras & Tidbits, At Home Faith and tagged dental care, Gratitude, Health, Intentionally Thankful, Periodontal disease, Tooth. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.