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Opening Tooth 27

Wednesday, March 10, 1999

During my lunch break, I bit on a gummi bear and felt something crack in my mouth. My face became very pale. I rushed to the dental clinic (remember, it's just steps from where I work) and they found that I had lost a piece of filling in an upper right-hand tooth. I was given a temporary filling by a dentist whose name escapes me (notice that the temporary fillings are now close to outnumber the "permanent" ones). This was, of course, exactly the tooth where Dr. Küttner had not found anything a week before.

Thursday, March 11, 1999

The day after that, the upper left-hand jaw began to ache again, very strongly. In fact, it got so bad that on Friday, I went to the dental clinic for two and a half hours because the pain was so strong I was almost crying.

Friday, March 12, 1999

The doctor who replaced Dr. Küttner, Dr. Hennies, was visibly upset by my condition -- I described to him exactly how I felt. He looked at the tooth and had an x-ray taken. There was no visible cavity. He found a pocket behind tooth 27, which was the center of the pain, and filled it with an ointment. The ointment tasted awful and it didn't help against the pain either. He then prescribed a pain killer (600 milligrams of Ibuprofen to be taken three times daily) and gave me a Gelonida pill for short term relief.

The Gelonida pill caused my whole circulation to go for a quick vacation; when I got back to work, I almost fell asleep on my desk. When the pill's effectiveness decreased, my awareness increased again, but so did the pain.

Because of certain circumstances, I didn't get around to get the pain killer prescription until Saturday in the evening. By that time, I was close to fainting: My whole jaw hurt like hell (Dr. Hennies later commented: "Ah, the trigeminal nerve"), this was as bad as the initial pain and far worse than in late October '98. When I got to the pharmacy, the pharmacist, a young lady, tried to warn me: "You are about to take a very strong pain killer..." Impatient and almost howling with pain, I interrupted: "It better be strong or the doctor's gonna be in trouble!"

It was strong. Unfortunately, Ibuprofen gave me the feeling of steadily increasing pressure behind my eyes, as if they were being pushed out a bit (have you seen the movie Total Recall? Like that).

Anyway, I took Ibuprofen for four days (Saturday to Tuesday) before realizing that I couldn't just live on pain killers.

Wednesday, March 18, 1999

Dr. Hennies saw me and right away, gave me a medical certificate marking me off sick for the rest of the week. Then, he sent me to the department for teeth preservation.

Essentially, the dental hospital is divided in several areas: In the Dental surgery dept., they remove teeth and handle the rough stuff, teeth preservation tries to save what they can by closing cavities with fillings etc. and prothetics issue grind guards and braces. (This probably isnt' information you really wanted, but there you have it.)

The dentist in charge was one Ms. Bettina Eckerle, a kind and careful woman. She examined the tooth which was aching (last tooth in the upper left, number 27) and suggested an injection which would numb my upper left-hand jaw for at least at six hours. I agreed.

Then, she opened the filling. "Do you feel anything?" I didn't, thank goodness. Afterwards, I wanted to know whether she had found anything. She responded that she had found the beginnings of caries, but that technically this normally wouldn't be a cavity yet -- nothing which could hurt so badly. The x-rays had been right.

Of course, the injection didn't last six hours, but three. But the intense pain was gone, for now. Dr. Hennies told me to stop taking the pain killers. The pain slowly returned.

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