I went to the prosthodontist today to have a mold made of my upper jaw, the final stages before finishing a lengthy dental implant procedure (delayed of course b/c of my M.S. diagnosis drama). And, yet another piece of the puzzle has neatly been placed into the mix.
For a few years now, dentists especially my oral surgeon and prosthodontist have had troubles getting me numb before procedures. Quite awhile ago, the dentist surmised that my jaw may be mis-wired something that only a small percentage of the population suffer from usually people who have had jaw reconstruction surgery and their nerves get all twisted around. She sometimes had to numb my lower left jaw in order to do work on the upper right. When I had my implant surgery, the numbing process was excruciating and still didnt work completely (despite several long-needle injections right into the roof of my mouth).
Guess what, folks!? My jaw isnt mis-wired; my brain is! After talking today, we think the brain damage from the M.S. may be the culprit. So, shes going to research what type of other meds she can give me before finishing my procedures.
Heres another nifty side note. Ive only had three cavities in my life (two have now resulted in root canals and a subsequent bridge and now an implant). But, today, we found a new cavity in the tooth right next to my implanted area. It wasnt there pre-diagnosis. The dentist knew from the minute she looked into my mouth (and into my eyes) that I was on some sort of med that was drying out my mouth (Detrol LA for Nocturia) and hence, quickly damaging my teeth. So, I left the dentists office today laughing because now, in addition to remembering multiple pills, vitamins and injections daily, I now need to brush with a protective prescription toothpaste, cover my teeth with a gel and walk around with a number of other purse-sized dental products to keep my teeth from wasting away.