The human brain is sometimes wonderfully constructed. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly we forget pain and discomfort.
In November last year, a serious inflammation was discovered under one of my molars and last Thursday I underwent an Apex resection or a root tip treatment. The information I received from the dentist about this treatment was that an incision would be made in my gums after which the infected root tip would be removed.
Oh, that’s a breeze, I thought to myself. I have a fairly high pain tolerance and am not afraid to treat my teeth, so I went to my appointment whistling and within half an hour I was outside again. I had had no problems and the surgeon had done a good job.
The next day, however, it turned out that I had overestimated myself quite a bit. I thought I’d be in pain for one night and be able to go to work the next day. And the surgeon’s suggestion to eat liquid in the near future was only intended for those who have a lower pain threshold than I do. Oops… mistake.
Despite my high pain threshold, the pain hit hard through the painkillers for the first few days. I didn’t understand. How could I be so bothered by this? It took me 3 days before I realized that I had actually undergone surgery and that the treated jawbone and gums need a little more time to heal. That proposal to eat liquid was not so crazy after all.
Hopefully, this memory will last a little longer now, so that I will be a little better prepared for the next treatment and not be surprised by the inconvenience that such a treatment entails.
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