The good news: I have the day off work.
The first bad news: remember my ear pain from last week and my ticket to see an endodontist? Well, I never did a follow up post as I like living in dental denial! Well, this morning, I had an appointment for a root canal re-treat. Yes, my root canal from 2002 had either failed or there was maybe a fourth canal my dentist couldn't see back then.
The second bad news: Yes, there was in fact a fourth canal which could be the source of my abscess. But I have funky little curly roots and the dentist is not sure this will be enough to save the tooth, ultimately. I may need to have some root surgery before we do a permanent crown. Well, there will be NO root surgery as far as I am concerned. I will have the tooth pulled and have a bridge put in before I will spend the money and time or endure the pain of ROOT SURGERY for a tooth which could still fail!
So, I am looking at going back in two months to evaluate the abscess which means this little dental nightmare gets to drag on for a bit longer. YUCKY!!
So, I will be taking copious amounts of Ibuprofen the next couple of days and as a bonus I am showing, for those who asked from last week's Friday Feast, my closely guarded beauty secret: Noxzema!