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16 Apr

london 6.25pm 14.7C sunny monday 2018

I have found out , when i went to see the dentist, for an abscess, that the tooth is split. it is unsaveable, and will need to come out. when i gave the dentist the list of medication, she said she had to ask my doctor to see what antibiotics i can take that wont interfere with the medicine. she said those medicines are so new, she is not familiar with them. and then she said i will have to be referred to the hospital to have the tooth taken out, as they dont have the facillities to do it in the dental clinic. i suspect as much… at least for now, i dont have any pain, just a slight swelling and slightly tender bump over the root of the tooth. it is a upper right canine. at least my dental trouble is not so unfamiliar as i was a dentist and knows more or less what is going on. it must have been split for some time. when the tooth is split, there is no other solution but extraction. i shall most probably go for a denture, as i am too wary of having more dental treatment. i want to keep it simple.  all that cutting and grinding if i opt for a bridge just cannot bear thinking about; and implants i think is too much trouble. at my age, i am not so concerned with aesthetics anymore.

all the time, i try  to keep things in perspective… life is not too bad really. or rather it could be worst. so that at least is something to be grateful for. there is no urgency nor pain, no emergency in other words. so i shall look on the bright side of it. i emailed a few friends to make arrangements to meet them and chat. i can do with human contacts. and i can chat with my friend from usa. he is leaving for home tomorrow. and he is quite a bit far removed to not be too overwhelmed with things happening to me. though having said all that he told me last night when he was in the gay club , he found he was very conscious of poppers being offerred to him, asking himself whether he really wanted to take the risk . so my heart attack had made him think twice. so he said that was why he did not join in, turned down 4 guys individually  who invited him and came home early. so i jokingly, but with some truth, said i am so sorry that i am the cause of it. in a way…and we both laughed , but sadly as well… 

sometimes hearing all this can make a person who is not me get more saddened…i know i get more sad just hearing what happens to my friends…  that is why i sometimes dont tell people because it makes them sad, and i dont want them to feel sad. there is after all nothing they can do. and they might imagine i am in pain when i am not… sometimes their imagination  can make them feel worse than the person who is having all this happening to him.



my post crown fell off

17 Jun

london 8.10am 20.5C sunny 2017 saturday

rather a strange thing happened yesterday night. i was brushing my teeth and my crown fell off. but the strange thing is it was so quick i did not see it fall. it just disappeared.

i assumed it fell down the sink hole in the bathroom. in fact, i did not even hear the clatter sound that you would expect if it hit the sink.

i was thinking of all the possibilities of how to proceed with this. all of which eventually getting a new one made and all the palaver that goes with it. i was rather disturbed that i could not find it, as it is easier to cement it back if i have it. if it is lost, then i will be forced to have the dentist make a new one. it did seem strange that it fell through the sink hole without making any sound. that should have alerted me that it might not have gone down the sink hole.

i cannot remember when i got this crown made.( i just now searched my blog but none of my words brought up that post. i wonder if i did not mention it at all… ) it must be at least 3 yrs ago.

it was on a upper right canine. one that died due to fixed orthodontic work that i had when i was doing a postgraduate degree in eastman college in london.

i had fixed braces, cemented by brackets onto my front teeth to correct the two lateral teeth which were rotated.  it lasted my course, and the teeth were straightened, and in fact were so perfect that when i went on holiday to san francisco, the guy who manned the desk at the hostel just could not stop exclaiming how perfect my teeth were… i think he was attracted to me, because he said the hostel was closed and invited me to stay with him… he stayed near the sea, where there was a pier, and asked a friend along and gave me dinner … i was rather innocent in those days and just took all this as a matter of course, and the next day he took me back to the hostel where i checked in and i did not see him again. or if i did i did not recognise him… i was really very clueless in those days. haha.

  because i asked for it to be removed when the course ended. the teeth were straightened out, it was to correct the two upper lateral which were rotated giving me a dracula appearance (as a dentist that was not a good look haha), but you need to keep the wires on to let the tissues rearrange themselves in the new position. that is why it was not stable, and when i broke the tooth and the crown was made, it stopped blocking the rotation, and the lateral incisors started to rotate… so after all these years i have gone full circle and the two canines have resumed their rotated position, though they dont jut out that much and are not so obvious.

now of course i am so much older and so it is not so bad, or rather i am not so conscious of my appearance, and can accept this happening. it is life i think. just glad that when i was younger, i had such nice straight teeth.  it helps in getting sex partners haha. not to mention it was a good appearance for a dentist to have straight teeth…

but one of the side effects of orthodontic treatment is that moving teeth can disrupt their blood supply and the tooth can die. that happened to the canine. i had a root treatment done to it, when it developed an abscess, and it had not given me any trouble since, just gradually darkening as dead teeth tend to do… and dead teeth are very brittle so after all these years, the crown broke away when i ate a chicken wing. so that was why i got a post crown made.

and it got loose, i noticed it a few days ago but did not bother to see a dentist about it. and now it has come off and disappeared.

well, when simon got back from his shift work this morning, i asked him that after  he has slept to open up the u bend in the bathroom sink.

he went and did it there and then… (he usually dont go straight to bed when he comes back from work… he says he is too tense and need to wind down first) . but anyway he got the ubend out and there was no crown. so after he put it back, he said it leaked and he will need to buy another ubend that will fit better… i searched the bathroom, but nothing.

then and went back again and searched the pile of towels near the sink, thinking i heard nothing when it fell, so it must have landed on something soft… and i saw it. it was on top of the bottom-most towel, in that pile. how it got there i have no idea. i would have expected it to land on top of the pile and be obvious to find…one of those perverse things that inanimate objects do… makes u wonder if there is a imp that make these things happen.

anyway i found it and i saw it was not very well made. the post was short and did not fit the canal at all… it was a bad dentist, or someone who has not got the experience yet. so now i put it back and will make sure i dont put any pressure on it and be careful when i eat and will see my dentist to have it cemented in. … at least it covers the gap in my teeth.i suppose in the future it will have to be remade… we shall see. i am glad that tooth held out all these years. if it had happened when i am younger it might be more disturbing to me. but not now. when one gets older and reach a certain age, the mind tends to accept imperfections and adapt. it had better i think, otherwise you will get a very upset person, who is mentally overwrought and unhappy.