Thursday, December 11, 2008

Chemo and teeth?

Today's unexpected chemo complication:

It is well known that chemo affects teeth- only emergency dental work is allowed. How about this one: As I sit to get a filling of a painful cavity, the doctor numbs the area and starts to drill. I FEEL EVERYTHING! So he stops, takes time to numb me agin, much better this time until I cant feel much of anything, drills again, and I FEEL EVERYTHING! He numbs me again and lets it set in, comes back, and by this time, I know I bit myself, but no clue what I bit because I can't feel anything in my mouth. He starts to drill again, and I FEEL EVERYTHING! Sooooooo, they pack in the cavity with a temporary filling and tell me to come back again soon and we would try again.

I asked what was going on, and the dentist said this is a complication of the chemotherapy. I haven't done much research on it yet, I just got home with my swollen jaw, but it seems weird. So basically, I have to keep going back while they drill a little each time until they get the whole cavity. OUCH!

And the fun continues... Alhamdulillah.


UmmFarouq said...

Salaamtek ya habibti. I am no fan of the drill, and that is with being fully novacained.

Love you.

Anonymous said...

going to the dentist is actually a good experience. dont hesitate to ask your dentist to explain in full detail the situation so that you will know more about your teeth :)
inshallah your tooth will feel better in ur next appointment

take care :)