Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Still More Dental / Gum / Sinus Issues and Infections -- UPDATED

UPDATED 12:34AM 9/5/2013:

Here is an update on issues related to the gum infection / abscess and possibly related sinus infection ...

* The swelling in my left cheek increased during the day, in particular after I went swimming tonight at the gym, and now it is noticeable if you look at me, though not up to baseball / tennis ball deformity / "Beast" of Beauty and the Beast level. There is only a bit of pain, partly because I can't stop thinking about it.

* I'm taking Amoxicillin, although I have two prescriptions -- the remaining 500mg one and the one from the doctor that is 875mg, except you're supposed to take it twice a day instead of four times a day. I'm finishing the 500mg one (it is only a month old and was filled for the previous iteration of this gum infection). (Recall that the doctor gave me the Amoxicillin and an Acetaminophen prescription for a sinus infection.)

* I'm just chewing on the right side for the time being, but I think any such chewing is irritating the problem. I'm having my usual post-gym rice, steamed broccoli, and fried up Tyson grilled beef strips plus raspberry-flavored Vintage seltzer water.

I'm going a new dentist tomorrow at 2PM. I was able to get an appt. However, if he or his associates insist that I need a $5,000 implant with titanium post and pay for it on a special credit card, well, that's not going to happen. At this point, I (mostly) just want tooth #14 and its infernal crown extracted and removed. Of note, this is a dentist that I actually was friendly with back in the mid-1990s at UMCP. We were in a chemistry class together and I once went to his house in Berwyn Heights. He owned two giant dogs including a German Shepherd. (I remember putting my wrist in the dog's mouth at one point. Not sure why I did that.) As I recall, he was a bit of gun enthusiast, too. He was a tall, athletically slender, attractive ethnic Greek guy with black hair back then.

If this dentist doesn't agree, then I have at present two other options I found today: The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at Washington Hospital Center and the Howard University Hospital Department of Dentistry (likely related to HU's College of Dentistry). I made an appt. for the first one but not until Oct. 1st (that was the soonest available), and I understand (from Patrick, who highly recommended it) that you can literally walk in to the latter. The main issue is how much pushback I will get on wanting a molar removed. I guess I could do a bridge if I had to.

I'm going to refrain from discussing the whack-a-doodle New Agey, high-end dentist who inserted this crown back in 2002 or 2003 (it wasn't the one that I've been seeing), or the one I've been seeing. I just want this problem over and ended. I'm so tired of these worrisome abscesses with their attendant facial disfigurements. I can't live this way.

I'm home now watching TV. I'm really ticked off that Me TV stopped showing The Odd Couple AND The Honeymooners on weeknights. It is showing the old Twilight Zone episodes, but that's too much for a late night winding down time. As it is, Hallmark still has The Golden Girls.

End of update, continued from earlier ...


One of the exam rooms at MedStar Health, Chevy Chase, Md., 7:02PM September 3, 2013.


This is just a quick update in the morning. I was going to finish my weekend update last night but I went instead to Larry's Lounge to meet Gary, Kristof, LP, and Wendy on the occasion of Wendy's good job news. However, I stayed too long and was not able to post an entry when I got home.

The reason I am writing this morning is to note that ONCE AGAIN I appear to be developing either a gum or sinus infection issue, or rather it never really went away and is flaring again. As usual, it is on / under my left cheek. This is what began as a gum infection in July because of the issues related to the crown on tooth #14 and it morphed into a sinus infection, or maybe it's both.

As it is, I went to the doctor yesterday and got a prescription for amoxicillin for the sinus infection. However, I had some left over from what the dentist gave me and I started taking that this morning even before I picked up the new prescription at the CVS. There is some very minor swelling (almost not noticeable, though I see it and it could get worse). I HATE that disfigurement, and I'm so tired of this. I am going to a new dentist today -- I have one picked out who takes my insurance -- or at least make contact today.

As for my checkup, things were fine except for elevated blood pressure. I had an EKG and it came out fine but the pressure was somewhat elevated. I have to go for a return visit on the 13th (Friday). As it is, I bought a blood pressure monitor to do home tests but I haven't assembled it yet. It looks complicated.

I am going to ask this dentist if he can just remove the crown on #14 for the time being. I don't even care if I have a gap back there. I am tired of this issue. I think I am going to take the morning off. I don't feel well and I'm stressed by this issue


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