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Oh My Tooth!

Oh My Tooth!

So I was going along just fine until a routine dental exam and cleaning two weeks ago. I’d had a deep pink ring around the gum on a lower front tooth for months now. I didn’t take it seriously because so much weird shit happens to my body that I have learned to take it in stride. But I see now that was a mistake…

The hygienist did a deep cleaning of the gums around the problem tooth. There was pus. X rays were ambiguous… Was that a little shadow near the root? Then the problems began. My body was thrown into a Lyme flare up – probably because the infection was released into my bloodstream. Headaches, fatigue, body aches. Then the toothache started. 600mg of ibuprofen 3x/day controlled the pain, but the dentist was concerned and so was I. That is an understatement. Any new pain or unexplained symptom tends to throw me into a panic. He could sense this and plotted a course for treatment.

He sent me to an endodontist who didn’t think I needed a root canal treatment. The root looked ok, but hard to tell.

He then sent me to a periodontist who wanted to cut a flap in the gum to examine and clean more of the tooth.

Next step was an oral/maxillofacial surgeon and a conebeam CT scan. Hmmm. Was that a crack in the tooth? A shadow next to the root? Of course the surgeon wants to remove the tooth and give me a $5,000 implant. The thought of losing a front tooth was insult on top of injury. And $5K out of pocket for an implant? Not going to happen. So I wind up with a bridge and ruin the teeth next to it?

The next day I found myself in tears – a rare occurrence for me. I am not good at revealing pain (or anger, for that matter). I have learned to cope with severe pain over the last 14 years and keep a brave face. But this was the proverbial last straw. I wept intensely on our hallway stairs clutching my wonderful, sweet, concerned husband and getting snot all over his sleeve. A decade long battle with this disease has left me weary and emotionally fragile. Painful dental procedures have left me traumatized. Anxiety lurks beneath my calm exterior ready to burst forth at the slightest provocation. I was a wreck all day.

I woke up the next morning emotionally cleansed and ready to fight for my tooth. I went to my BioSet practitioner who gave me a custom made vial and home treatments to do. The pain abated. I enlisted my Lyme doc who sent me to an energy practitioner for cold laser treatment. This person also did electro-dermal testing (EDT) on the tooth against known frequencies of pathogens. Guess what? Borrelia, Candida, Strep, and amoebas. The same little varmints that are wreaking havoc in other parts of my body have set up shop in my gum. Not a surprise. She did the laser treatment and gave me an herbal salve of neem bark and oregano oil. Voila! Within 24 hours the pain vanished, as did the rest of my symptoms.

So today, the pain is gone except for the occasional mild throb. But I still have an angry red infected gum. If the problem persists, I’m looking into laser gum surgery – supposedly a vast improvement over traditional gum surgery where they cut a flap and scale the tooth. The new procedure, called LANAP is said to kill germs and help regenerate the gum tissue and tooth with little to no gum loss and easier recovery. Go to www.lanap.com for more information. Certainly sounds better than a scalpel and stitches. For $1000, I certainly hope so.

So I learned a few things from this experience. I learned that Lyme Disease frequently involves the teeth and gums. The mouth is a haven for bacteria, especially in the gums. Type “Lyme” and “teeth” into a search engine and look at all the results.

I learned to get multiple opinions on a problem. No one doctor has all the answers. And remember, they all operate from a particular paradigm. A surgeon likes to cut out the problem. An energy practitioner treats you from an energetic perspective. A periodontist wants to slice open the gums and excise the infection. Who is right? Only time will tell. But I’m sure glad I didn’t take the surgeon’s word on this and give up a tooth without a fight.

I learned that a patient must think and advocate for themselves. Do you own research. Get a second or third opinion. And make your own decision based on what you think is right.

– Laura