The past month has been downright bizarre! First, it starts with a filling falling out of my front tooth. I rush to the dentist after practically having to throttle the HR person for my dentist's info because at the last renewal we changed companies so I changed dentists and I hadn't been to him yet and could not for the life of me remember who I had selected and she was taking her sweet time getting the info for me. Actually she never did. After waiting two hours and asking twice, I decided to call the insurance's customer service and they helped me. Luckily I managed to get an appointment later that afternoon.
I slipped into the dental chair several hours later. I open my mouth and he makes a strange noise which I expected because my teeth suck. However, he then had me open and close my jaw several times to listen to the lovely clickety clack sound that it makes. He pulled his gloves off and refused to work on me until I went to USC to have a TMJ evaluation. I was shocked to say the least. I thought he was some kind of charlatan until I got home and searched him online and discovered he teaches at UCLA.
So a week later I go to USC and fork out $230 to be told that I clench my jaw and have muscle tension which has displaced the disk and put me at risk for TMJ. News to me! I have exercises that I'm supposed to do throughout the day to release the stress from my jaw but I keep forgetting to do them. And here it is a month later and I still haven't been back to him to start work. Partly because the week following my TMJ consultation, I had a week and one day's worth of jury duty. Yuck!
But that story will have to wait until tomorrow. I'm exhausted. Stay tuned! Jury duty sucks but I at least had a somewhat interesting case. Very Hollywoodish!
Picture above is me when I had a mouth full of good teeth thanks to Florida municipalities having florinated drinking water. The red head is my grandmother and the brunette is my aunt.