Tooth Ache or Ear Ache?

I’m not sure which one it is, but I’ve got something going on that isn’t pleasant.

I’m leaning towards it being a tooth issue because I’ve never had an issue with my ear before. The tooth on the other hand, has caused me problems on and off for over 10 years.

First there was a cavity, then a couple of different fillings, then a crown and then a root canal (and another crown). The problem goes away for a little while, but eventually comes back. Well, it’s back now and the pain is once again to the point where it’s time for a dental visit.

With only 3 weeks left until I leave on holidays, I want to make sure everything is in order, so I can stop eating Tylenol like candy. Tooth issues are particularly problematic for scuba divers because an improper filling or crack in the tooth can cause something called “tooth squeeze”, which is basically air trapped within the tooth cavity and upon descent and/or ascent, the trapped air has nowhere to go. Although I’ve never experienced this, I hear the pain is extreme and it’s definitely not something I want to deal with at 75 feet.

So with that said, it’s off to the dentist this afternoon. Can there be anything more exciting to do on a Monday? I think not.


Brian Miller said…
oy,,,cant stand the dentist but hope it helps...not much fun at all...
Sounds like a Monday to me. I've had some tooth pain lately and should also go to the dentist but I am dreading it.
Simply Suthern said…
It's better to get it overwith in the chair than on vacation.

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