Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Teeth, teeth, teeth


Just to make it clear, this is not - repeat, not - me! But as everyone, plus their step-uncle, is suddenly blogging about dental visits (specifically, Dr Spo @ 'Spo-reflections' and Mitch @ 'Mitchell is Moving') I don't see why I should be left out.

It may be recalled (or perhaps not) that a year ago I had a tripping accident when I went right down on the pavement and bit the concrete, a happening which all-too visibly rearranged my upper front teeth, and not in a 'prettifying' way. (In fact yesterday was the first anniversary of that fateful occurence, though I thought better than to 'celebrate' it). Since that event I've learnt to talk like a ventriloquist when face-to-face with another personage, so that my upper lip movement is minimal, thus largely concealing the distracting, visible signs of that mini-disaster. 
It took six months to get to attend a thorough (and boy, was it just!) examination at the country's main specialist hospital (handily only a short train journey away) dealing with maxillary injuries. Since then I've now had five sessions with my regular dentist who got the specialist's report to work with and be guided by. She (the dentist) has now completed work on the back teeth, including root canal work, and has now started working on the visible bits, starting with shaving down one of the front side teeth so that a cap can be fitted. Next week she'll begin on the all-important front ones - and she hopes it'll all be finished in just a couple more sessions. I hope she's right, though from a mirror-view there's still an awful lot still to do before I can open my mouth when speaking and not have the other person being distracted by the 'orrible sight of my damaged cake-hole.  
Anyway, however long it takes it'll be good to be able to smile freely again - and if it can happen before my next birthday in 2.5 months time, when I always update my profile photo, it'll be good if it can show me flashing my gnashers once more. 
So, roll on that time! - meanwhile can't afford to take any more trips.

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  1. I do remember that incident. and yes, I know that is NOT you; you are much more handsome than that. good luck!

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    1. ......AND I'm taller, W.Q. Thanks but, good heavens to Betsy, I'm quite overcome with all these responses (eight so far, including yours) when I wasn't expecting ANY, let alone anyone remembering my blogging about the fall. Just goes to show - don't make assumptions about ones friends!

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  2. Glad to hear you are able to get this sorted and are looking forward to the end results!

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    1. The end is coming, Sol, though not quite 'nigh' but we're getting there. Thanks though.

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  3. Oh, Ray, you poor love. I do hope it all gets fixed soon.

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    1. 'Ta' Rozzie - at least there's been no physical pain since that day, though plenty of mental anguish.

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  4. Hope everything is finished to your satisfaction. One year is a long time to live with not being able to smile

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    1. Yes, it's been, and is being, a protracted time, L.A. It'll be good to be able to smile outside as well as indoors.

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  5. Probably feels nice getting this done!
    And I look forward to flashing gnashers!

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    1. Not too worried if the end result is still detectable, Bob - in fact I'll be surprised if it isn't. Just want to stop it being so distracting when talking. I can SEE people's attention focused on my mouth when I want them to be attentive to what I'm saying.
      If I was regularly trying to make a pick-up, which are days long gone now, then a perfect appearance would have been needed, but not now at my age.

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  6. YOu're on your way to a beautiful smile. Looking forward to that new profile picture of your smiling your Cheshire Cat smile Ray!
    Ron

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    1. We'll see, Ron. She'd better get a move on if it' to be finished by Oct. She now only works 3 days a week and each session takes around 2-3 weeks to book. But if I can display an open-lipped smile, I shall.

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  7. I can't believe it's been a year already! How time flies! I hope that by your birthday you're all fixed up and smiling freely again. I'm sorry you've had such an ordeal.

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    1. Thanks for recalling what had happened, Jennifer. I'm quite astonished that anyone has - and you are one of several.
      It'll be good to have this particular stress relieved, just one of a number. But I'm definitely looking forward to it.

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  8. I can't believe all you've been through as a result of "tripping." Can't wait to see your new and very expensive smile! I'm getting through my first full day with brackets. I won't be sharing my permanently unbracketed smile until you celebrate 2 more birthdays! Wishing you well, less discomfort, and a joyous smile.

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    1. It's going to take you that long, Mitch? Crumbs! I must be the lucky one!
      I do hope your own situation is alleviated sooner than it feels, I know just how irritating it is.
      And what more appropriate time could there be to show the following for both of us? :-) or, even better, :-O

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  9. Oh, Ray, you poor love. I do hope it all gets fixed soon.

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    1. Thanks, P.S. But it doesn't worry me at all when I'm here at home. I've only got to remember to keep mouth closed as far as I can when outside. (There's not the slightest pain.) Next session this Tues.

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  10. I remember your accident vividly, Ray. I don't think there is anything worse that "tooth" pain, in any form, and especially not how you came about it. I am probably my dentist's worst patient...my anxiety skyrockets before I even get in the door. Glad you are on your way to having everything fixed up.

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    1. Thank you for your thoughts, Elle. Magnitude of pain seems to bear no relation to the size of what is involved - an ingrowing toe-nail for example, can be agonising - and tooth/gum pains, as you say, can be the very worst. Fortunately all that's arisen from my present condition hasn't been that bad as far as pain is concerned. Even the original experience was bearable pain-wise more then the actual visible signs of the effect of the fall.
      Luckily I don't have your level of anxiety prior to, and during, dental visits. Perhaps I've had a luckier history. Let's hope it stays this way. Nevertheless, I'll still be relieved when all this is over, and I can talk and smile freely again - but I think she's either over-optimistic in thinking she can fix all that tthere's still to do in just a couple more sessions, or there are going to be more lasting signs left than I was hoping for. Let's see what she can manage.

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    1. Thanks, Lou. It was traumatic in mental terms more than the visible, physical aspects, the latter being more restrictive than anything. But since I live a reclusive, totally un-social life it didn't affect me as much as it might have done for others. It'll be nice to get the whole thing behind me, though.

      Thanks for following my film posts, but you'll have to make the most of them while they are there as I don't see me carrying on with them for much longer.
      Your thoughts and your visit here are very much appreciated.

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  12. Seven months ago, I was tripped by a wisteria vine in the long grass. I just now had an MRI because of the continuing pain in my head. I hit face first, teeth, head, and nose. I ripped something in my wrist and must see a hand doctor, a surgeon! I have to have full braces to put my teeth back in order. My nose is injured, in a lot of pain. Clear fluid ran from my nose for three days--brain fluid! None of my teeth broke but they squeak when I chew and hit wrong all the time. I understand your problem!

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    1. Crikey, Linda. Looks like I should be counting my lucky stars at having got off with my 'trip' so lightly. You must be wishing that your experience had been as slight as mine was. I think if my injuries had been anything like yours - and still are - I'd be shaking my fist at fate every day for giving me such rough treatment. I hope it doesn't sound too dismissive of your plight if I wish you most earnestly a speedy overcoming of your continuing difficulties and that you manage to quickly put all this ordeal behind you - and, like me, be doubly more attentive as to where you're putting each step. Best wishes - and I do mean it!

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  13. I too join the conga line of empathy.
    By the way I am eternally grateful for learning from you the word 'gnashers'. Love the word - and you!

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    1. Thank you, Sir. It didn't occur to me, although it should have, that the word 'gnashers' would be unfamiliar to other English speakers. Glad to have been of some service.
      And thank you also for the amicable signing off, which I'm happy to reciprocate.

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  14. Glad to hear you are able to get this sorted and are looking forward to the end results!

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    1. Next appointment tomorrow, S.S. Hope it'll show progress in allowing me, perhaps, to smile more openly and to talk with less self=consciousness.

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  15. Oh, Ray, you poor love. I do hope it all gets fixed soon.


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    1. It's now done, S.S. But there's doubt whether the extension to the most prominent tooth will hold, if not a cap will be fitted. But so far, so fine.

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