Look at me, only 12 hours since the last post! Things to be happy about already: my dog did not pee on the kitchen floor, it’s snowing, I don’t have to shovel or go anywhere today and I love my haircut! Just a simple gal.
I’m a little disappointed I didn’t sleep better last night as that was my last Vicoden from my root canal a few weeks ago and I had been very happy to sleep a solid six hours for the first time in YEARS. It’s my own fault (my mind’s fault really) as my PICC line is irritated looking and that makes me nervous which makes me think that maybe something is up again with the tooth that had the root canal as this is how it started last time. Big time infection in my mouth was the result even though I was premedicated with 2000mg of Amoxicillin, had antibiotics placed in the site of the procedure and was/am on 500mg IV Azithromax daily. Of course, I don’t have a temperature (it’s at it’s usual 96.2), so I will just put heat on my PICC line site and keep an eye on it.
Oral spirochetes are a bitch, plain and simple. They invade an injured site in the mouth like a dog with a new bone. The following is an excerpt from a public health site regarding just how oral spirochetes attack (I like their reference to multiply like rabbits more than a dog with a new bone – so be it):
A focal infection is a local infection that expands to incorporate the whole quadrant, then the whole side of the mouth and eventually can cross the midline to incorporate the other side. Basically, the theory says the oral cavity is able to generate particularly nasty toxins that poison the body when you have had a root canal or a tooth extracted. Most dentists still do not understand the Focal Theory; it was studied more in Europe than here. Dr. Weston Price’s great contribution was the discovery that focal infection bacteria are polymorphic, meaning they mutate and adapt and multiply like rabbits in the three miles of dentin tubules that emanate from every tooth. The bacteria become smaller and anaerobic – they can now live without oxygen. They also become more virulent, and their toxins more toxic. Root canals and old extractions are common focal infection sites.
When you have a root canal, a dead tooth is left in the mouth. The dead tooth lacks a blood supply to its interior. Antibiotics circulating in the bloodstream have no way to penetrate this dead tissue. Over time, the material packed inside the dead tooth shrinks a bit. Now bacteria come in and morph. The tooth has both bacteria and toxins as a result of being dead for so many years and these toxins are infiltrating into the bloodstream.
In extraction sites, the healing may not take place correctly. If the healing is incorrect, the space can fill in with fatty tissue, dead bone, improper bone, or it can fill in with infected material. All of these processes are wrong and the organ associated with that extraction site will always show this improper healing. The remedy is to clean out the socket, debride it, and remove the ligament that holds the tooth in as well as the dense bony lining of the socket. The other important factor is cleaning up the quadrant (at least) of the mouth where the extraction was performed – cleaning up all metal and any other extraction sites. This is the best way to assure proper healing from extractions.
Toxins from focal site infections are highly virulent and they tend to go to the organ associated with the meridian upon which that tooth lies. Over time, the toxins’ assault will change the genetics of the organ. However, it has been found that upon proper extraction of a dead tooth and proper treatment of an extraction site, the organ will return to its normal genetics. Bob Jones, an engineer, recently did substantial genetic testing which demonstrated the ability of organs to right themselves.
Did you get all that? It’s funny as I had a root canal done a few years back before I realized any of this and ended up with a super infection and the molar had to be pulled. I was put on strong antibiotics, but a few days later I was back in as I felt bone sticking out. Just as it states above, my jaw bone had protruded and I had the great pleasure of having that carved out. My mother always said I had to be different.
So now I am left to wonder if I should have just had them pull this molar, too. Am I just in for more trouble leaving a piece of a dead tooth in my mouth covered with a crown? I guess I will find out on March 19th when I go back to have the permanent crown put on and we see how the site looks at that time. Of course, I have a nice metal filling in the molar next to it that probably isn’t helping either, but money is always a factor even with dental insurance. I am going to try and hold onto this tooth as I am rather attached to them and don’t want another gap in my mouth. Wish me luck and hope you ate before you read this. Bet you want to go brush those teeth again, don’t you?