I saw the oral surgeon today, who told me I have "advanced periodontal disease" and two teeth need to come out. He said there is no saving them.
I asked how come the periodontist I just saw two days ago
wasn't able to diagnose advanced periodontal disease and he said "I
don't know. That's a good question."
He advises removing the two
teeth ASAP and strongly recommends doing it under general anesthesia
because of the degree of infection and inflammation. He said if I
really wanted, he would do it under a local with me awake, but he
suspects it will be very painful because the infected, inflamed tissue
won't numb properly. Well, I'd rather be out anyway, except it costs
more and I have to have someone to drive me. They want me to have
someone stay with me for 12 hours after the procedure, but there is
simply no way that will happen. I might - might - be able to get
someone to drive me rather than take a cab but they would probably just
drop me off at home. Maybe come in with me for a few minutes but not
for 12 hours. But OK, I just wouldn't tell the surgeon that.
removing the two teeth, I can get a bridge or dental implants. Except I
can't, because I cannot afford it. There is no way I can possibly
afford it. Maybe in a year or two, but not now. So I would have a big
gap in my teeth in the front of my mouth. Which normally would bother
me but I don't even care that much right now because I just want my
mouth to stop hurting and want to be able to eat again.
But I was
really confused because not only did the periodontist that I saw two
days ago not diagnose advanced periodontal disease, but neither did my
regular dentist that I saw maybe six weeks ago. And when I had my teeth
cleaned 11 months ago (Medicaid only pays for it once a year, not every
six months), my dentist said my gums were "in great shape." How can
you develop such advanced periodontal disease in less than one year?
after I left the oral surgeon, I called the periodontist to tell him
what the surgeon said. He said he absolutely disagrees, that he saw
absolutely no sign of periodontal disease (advanced or otherwise) in my
mouth. He does not know what is causing the inflammation and pain and
stuff, but feels certain it is not periodontal disease. He does not
think the two teeth need to come out.
Well, so far I have seen
three physicians and spent $1,146 out of my pocket, and I am still in
pain, still cannot eat any solid food, and still don't even know what is
wrong with me.
I called my regular dentist to ask what he thought and am waiting for him to call me back.
oral surgeon also thought the infection was really bad and he
prescribed two different antibiotics for that. So I will start taking
those today (it's a total of eight pills a day, ugh) and try to figure
out what to do. I am so frustrated!