This week’s word is:
Last week, after suffering in silence for way too long, I went to the dentist to investigate my very painful tooth. He looked, asked some questions, did a test that LITERALLY lifted me out of the chair with pain and told me I had cracked my upper molar due to clenching and grinding my teeth – bruxism.
I was appalled to hear he was going to give me a root canal, but realising that there was no other way to save the tooth I complied.
This is my second root canal. I had previously cracked the lower molar, directly underneath this one. And yes, that too was caused by bruxism. I am a hopeless case!
I am trying to become more aware of the clenching but it seems to be a totally unconscious habit of mine. I spend most of the day with my jaw clamped firmly tight and always, always forget to wear my mouth guard at night.
I can now explain my constant headaches, neck aches and tension all along my shoulders.
I need to break this habit. I need to chill the fuck out and quit breaking my own teeth!
And it ain’t cheap! My first procedure cost €1400 and last week saw me wave good bye to €630, with an additional €500 if I get it crowned at a later date.
Any tips are greatly appreciated!
Meanwhile, if you suffer too, here are a few notes about bruxism.
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