after my oral surgeon described my pain response as “atypical” i was curious to see if i’d feel any pain after the tooth extraction. the oral surgeon gave me some high strength ibuprofen and hydrocodone and though it was very likely i would not be going to work the next day as the tooth didn’t come out easily. “you might be able to go to work for part of the day,” the oral surgeon said, “but have the pain medicine with you and i hope you don’t have to talk too much.”
i decided that rather than proactively taking the meds to prevent the pain that i thought would come, that i’d wait and see. would the pain arrive?
no, it did not. i went to work with a visibly swollen cheek bone from the extraction, one less tooth and no pain. and i did a good amount of talking. not only did i not feel any pain, but i think i feel in some sense better than before the extraction but it’s hard to describe “how” the better feels.
which explains why i’m just staring at the pain meds i’m not taking thinking about the qualia of pain.
what’s more fun than a a root canal? going through a root canal and then learning it didn’t work so you have to have the tooth extracted and a cadaver bone graft put in place to help build the “significant” ( word choice of the oral surgeon ) amount of bone loss you’ve suffered from the infection that’s been raging in your mandible ( as if the prospect of getting my skeleton worked on isn’t weird enough, i will now have the first what might be several bone grafts from a cadaver in my jaw ).
like everyone else, the oral surgeon was surprised i have not felt any pain which is the normal early indicator of an infection in your tooth and helps signal something is wrong before it spreads to your jaw and beyond. “yeah, you’re atypical”
i’ll try not to ruminate too much on why i’m not feeling any pain. or what other types of pain i might not be feeling ( after marathons, i feel tired for sure, but not painful per se ). what is pain? do i process some sorts of pain differently than others? or maybe i do feel pain but i’ve gotten really good at ignoring it?
on a routine early orthodontic visit to screen odin for things we might be able to do to prevent braces later on, we discovered that his permanent maxillary canines were trying to move into place to push out the baby teeth but were impeded by some rather large roots that weren’t going anywhere.
if we didn’t do anything the canines could come through crooked or become impacted, so out they came! as usual odin was a trooper, and the worst part was the pinch from the shot of procaine before the pulling began.
as you can see, wikipedia isn’t lying when it notes that the maxillary canine has usually the longest root of any tooth in the mouth!
someone from my family will remind me of the specifics of snowdeal family history with canine teeth. was it three sets? whatever it was, i don’t think odin inherited it despite having a hardy root on his baby teeth.
wow. i thought after losing his first and second teeth in quick succession, we’d have a brief break before odin lost his third. much to my surprise after odin awoke from his nap, he excitedly came downstairs to reveal that a mere one week after losing his last tooth that he had lost another!
i sure hope the tooth fairy is prepared for another visit!
since she brought one sacagawea gold dollar coin for his first tooth and one two dollar bill for his second tooth, odin is really wondering what she will bring for his third tooth. although it would be super cool, i’m guessing she’s probably not bringing a three cent piece ( i had no idea they existed until i saw this ).
who knows what he’ll find under his pillow in the morning….
almost a month to the day after the tooth fairy made her first visit, odin lost a second tooth!
of course it’s all very exciting because odin really, really wants to know if she brings a gold coin for every lost tooth, or just the first.
we’ll see. who knows, maybe this time she’ll bring a funky two dollar bill.
wow, that permanent tooth is really coming in fast!
as is quickly becoming tradition in our house, odin put his “milk tooth” in a special little box for safe keeping until being tucked under his pillow.
we’re all amazed the tooth fairy has, so far at least, been able to remove the box and place a gift inside without waking odin from his sleepy slumber.
[ outtake. odin doesn’t really go to any great length to hide that he’s reeaaaallllyyyyy bored of his poppi taking pictures of him and his tooth! 🙂 ]
sure enough, less than a week after i wrote that we were in The Final Days of Having All The Baby Teeth, odin excitedly came in our room very early in the morning to excitedly inform us that he HAD LOST HIS TOOTH!
i tried to explain what a “bittersweet” moment was while making the morning coffee but he was far more interested in pondering what tooth fairy might be bringing him.
“probably a tooth brush. maybe a coin.”
me thinks, a pretty good guess.
we both agreed that his baby tooth sure seemed fit for a baby’s mouth and not at all the proper sized tooth for his big mouth. or something like that 🙂
it wouldn’t be A Proper Day in the snowdeal home without some Added Excitement and today was no exception. at some point while getting ready for school, odin misplaced his tooth and after searching high and low many, many, many! times we were so convinced that we were never going to find the tooth that we decided to write a note to the tooth fairy explaining the situation and hoping that she would have special tooth sensing powers, find it and still leave a little something under the pillow.
just literally moments before bedtime, almost as on queue ( but not really ), mama The Master Finder did indeed find the tooth lying on top of a copy of, ironically ( i think ), “I Spy A-to-Z”.
so we safely put the tooth in a special little box to be tucked under his pillow. maybe – just maybe – he’ll sleep a few winks and miss the tooth fairy’s visit.
at out last snowdeal family visit to the dentist, we were informed that while they were almost imperceptively loose then, odin did indeed have some loose baby teeth and we should expect a visit from the tooth fairy Real Soon. apparently they weren’t kidding around because odin recently showed us by excitedly wiggling them with his tongue that he has not one, not two but three loose teeth!
while it’s all very exciting, the thought of him loosing his baby teeth is, of course, a bit bitterweet what with all the impending changes for his mouth and face as he loses his boyish features to make room for his Big Boy Teeth. we’ve been on constant watch and i’ve been quite certain each and every morning that it will be his last with a mouth full of baby teeth. and yet, they keep hanging on.
being the sentimentalist that i am, i thought it best to try and capture a few moments of his mouth full of baby teeth one morning when i was quite certain he’d lose at least one over breakfast.
he was, at first, not so interested in cooperating with providing a toothy smile.
when i said i wanted to see his teeth, this is not what i had in mind.
i guess that more like what i had in mind. sort-of.
now that’s more like it, although you might be able to tell this is his “i’m annoyed now would you quit taking pictures” smile 🙂