My lips are swollen

My lips are swollen. No, not from kissing! But from a visit to the dentist.

We had taken the kids to the dentist and since I was there, I might as well have a check up right? So, I braced myself up and pretended that I loved going to the dentist in front of the kids. Well, I don’t love to go to the dentist but …… you know, the things we mother’s have to do. One of them is to be a fine actress.

My daughter had her first scaling experience at the dentist. I’ll update that on my Mothering Times blog where I write about her dental stuff for record purposes. Then it was my turn.

My dentist hates my gums. She says I have very bad gums and am headed towards peridontis (Is that what they call gum decease?). Anyway, she says that my gums are so bad and I am having bone loss and soon I will lose my teeth!

Previously she had encouraged me to brush in between my teeth with a special brush but I had refrained because I was afraid that the friction would cause my numerous crowns to give way. Even flossing makes them shake and feel loose. She laughed at me and said that there was no such thing and that if I feel them move when I brush it means that the bones are going and the teeth will soon follow.

However, I still can’t brush off that image when my crown did fall off once…… at a corporate cocktail party some more! I almosts choked… not  on my teeth which I had to carefully remove without being watched and wrap nicely in a tissue but at the thought of it even as I sailed around the room through the crowd smiling with my mouth shut.

Anyway, during the last visit, the dentist had persuaded me to allow her to cut my gums above one of my teeth and I had complied. This time she said that ideally I have to cut the gums or have gum surgery again, not just in one area but at the back of the whole row of front teeth. *Shivers* but this visit she was just going to do deep cleaning or deep scaling.

“I’m going to give you a jab” she said and I nodded with my mouth full. Then I felt not just one but 3 jabs! Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Then she started the drills which was ok with me. I was even glad because I couldn’t feel it. And then she started digging and scrapping and scrapping and digging. And then the gums bled and bled and it couldn’t stop bleeding. So she had to press on it with all her might. It still didn’t stop bleeding. Eventually, she decided she had no choice but to sew it back. So she took this long black thread and did a cross stitch on my gums. Waaaaaaaa!

Now my gums still hurt and my lips are cracked and peeling. 🙁 The next time I visit the dentist with the kids again, I’ll have to be an even finer actress as I pretend to love the visit.

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15 thoughts on “My lips are swollen

  1. I’ve just made up my mind to visit a dentist to check on my wisdom tooth, and after reading your post…I kiasi liao…

    No need to kiasi. Wisdom tooth different from gums mah. Hahaha.

  2. I went thru the same thing recently. Boys check up, I ended up taking out a “defective” wisdom tooth. I also had major gum issues, then I had it cleaned and found this new gel that reduces the swelling etc and sorts out your gums. can buy from guardian, can be on the mahal side (better than removing teeth/gum surgery?). I had this prob after the birth of the twins, on and off sigh..

    Yeah, dentist says my gums are so loose like bags whereas they should be firm. 😛

  3. oh I too just went to the dentist last month and had my tooth removed (instead of doing a root canal). Am not sure how bad are “bad gums” but it sure sound painful… poor you

    After I get the threads removed, you can be sure, it’ll take me some time before I go to the dentist again. Hehe.

  4. I have bad gums too and I hate going to the dentist. He will comment a lot since I don’t have a good sets of teeth.

    I don’t have a good set of teeth as well. 🙁

  5. It must be very pain ya, MG.
    You mean you cant drink water now to prevent your lips from peeling? If yes, maybe you can wet some cotten and wet your lips.

    Thanks for the tips Joanne. Its still peeling but a little less painful now but I will try to remember to keep it wet.

  6. Oh, hope you are better now.

    Try some lip balm if your lips still crack. Always helps.

    My boys are the ones with really bad teeth and they are the ones that are giving me a headache… Sigh.

    Yah, managing the teeth can be a headache too.

  7. You are most welcome MG. ActuallyI also learned that when I went for my operation last time. I was fasting for food and drink for few days, therefore I need this tips pretty much. I know the pain and suffer.

    The lips all peeled and healing now. Thanks.

  8. *wince*

    So pain. I also don’t like dentists….. Your jabs brought back alot of memories. Like the pain just streaks right up to your brain! I mean..that’s the only time I really KNEW I had one!

    When I get back to KL…I also have to see one. Just pity my uncle is no longer working..I’d have to see his daughter (my cousin)… but she’s very ganas. Perhaps I better not. I’m so scared now……….

    Aiyoh, your cousin sounds like a scary dentist. Good luck man. Hahaha.

  9. i’ve got a dentist who always complains about my gums too. she will do the scaling and complaina nonstop at the same time! i hate to see her, but her service is the best in town despite the fact that the charge is so expensive too! she is doctor Chai in Section 14. Where is yours? keke!

    Haha. Mine’s not Doctor Chai in case you’re wondering.

  10. ooooo, sounds like a nightmare to me…Many years back, I had wisdom tooth surgery which was awful and a couple of years ago I had crowning done on one of my molars which was horrid too. I shudder when I recall those past memories. eeeeeee. Hope you’re better now.

    Well, I’ve had gum surgery 2-3 times before and 8-9 crowns done. I’ve lost count how many! so I’m used to the nightmare by now. And after doing all those crowns, the dentist tells me that now there is an easier method, just do a veneer….. ahh…. I moan the lost of my original teeth, horrible though they may have been. Hahaha.

  11. I juz made an appointment with my dentist for dental check up.

    wow, that’s really scary! hope you are ok now.
    to let you know that my hubby got this problem too, his front teeth were loosen by themselves and he had losed some of them!

    I’m back to normal now. Hehe. Good luck with your dentist appointment. 🙂

  12. Sorry to hear about your traumatic visit, and hope you are fully recovered now. Coincidentally I had to see my dentist a month ago due to a chipped molar. Thankfully it was filled with no problem ok now. Dentists may bring us pain, but at least they help save our teeth!

    You are so right about that and I am all better now, thanks. Good thing you got your chipped molar filled with no problems. 🙂

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