I am nervous about going to the dentist because of the condition of my teeth. I should really start by saying I use to drink a lot of soda pop, and eat lots of candy. I only brushed every once in a blue moon, never flossed because it would get stuck in my teeth.
Well, I had an abcess on my lower left jaw probably 1 or two years ago now, went to the dentist got a prescription, never went back due to money problems (When the medicine ran out the abcess didn't go down either). Over time, the teeth next to it went bad and the abcess came back. I never went to the dentist instead waited for nearly a month as that abcess went down to practically nothing months later. Eventually the broken teeth started to chip away down to the gumline or gone and now my gums? have filled in the dip that was once there.
On the other side of my jaw the same is starting to happen only this time the abcess was slightly larger but was starting to go down. I also had an abcess by my front tooth that would turn my upper lip and a patch near my nose numb but that one went away months ago but has since started to come back slightly higher towards my nose. It's weird but after I had the problem on the left side of my jaw each new time I got an abcess they wouldn't hurt, they'd just swell and go down. This time the pain was dreadful I took one of those Tylenol substitutes with codeine #3 and another the next day well, the pain went away but I think the pill irritated my lower right jaw again because the abcess is large again, noticeably.
I am worried about blood contamination. I have been in and out of dentists offices since I was 8. Each time getting fillings filled, then root canals. I even remember when I was twelve having laughing gas as they pulled out quite a few teeth. I have been so many times that the needle doesn't hurt. I'm just about ready to be done with them and have them all pulled and I'm only 24, however my mother would like me to save the rest. If they can be saved should I just get partials?
Sometimes I hate going to the dentist because they have these insensitive people doing the cleanings, poking me and scraping my teeth then my sore gums, not looking into my mouth instead talking to and looking at their friends who walk in about all the gossip and such. One dentist who I don't go to anymore wouldn't wear a mask so when the light was on and he was leaning over peering into my mouth talking to his assistant I would see (and feel) him spitting in my mouth! Also when the drill starts going I'd swear they didn't numb me up enough because I'd feel intense pain but they said it was the air from the drill hitting my sensitive teeth, so they'd put those cotton rolls in between my lip and teeth, it did help but are there any other ways around that?
Sorry this is so long, but I feel this is really starting to take a toll on my health and instead of putting it off I'm making an appointment next month and want to know what to expect, and ask. Thanks so much!
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