Let frenum ring
I’ve been recovering from a bit of minor surgery yesterday. Apparently I had some gum recession around my lower front teeth, because my labial frenum — the little flap of tissue that connects the lower lip and the gums — was too tight and pulling the gums down. So I needed to get a frenulectomy, basically cutting out part of the frenum to relieve the tension. It may also be necessary to graft some gum tissue onto there from elsewhere (behind the upper front teeth is where it would come from), but that won’t be for months at least.
The procedure was fairly easy, thanks to modern technology. I needed to get a novocaine shot, but the periodontist used a little gizmo that vibrated against the area and apparently distracted or overstimulated the nerve endings so I hardly felt the injection(s?). (Plus there was a topical anaesthetic with a “bubble gum” flavor, which was the worst part — I don’t like bubble gum.) Then once I was numb, he used a laser to do the actual cutting, so there was no blood (or maybe that’s just what he was telling me to reassure me). Plus there was a TV over the chair and they gave me a pair of headphones connecting to a handheld wireless thingy that let me control the volume, so I got to watch Maria Sharapova playing at Wimbledon during the procedure, a nice distraction. I had to wear safety goggles because of the laser, and their green tinge made it look like I was in the Matrix.
They’ve got me on the maximum permitted dose of ibuprofen for now; I was told that some people need more, even Vicodin, but fortunately I’m doing fine with just ibu and frequent application of icepacks. But I have to avoid hard, crunchy foods or foods that I have to bite into; I can chew things, but they have to be in small enough pieces that I don’t have to bite with my incisors, lest I drive food down into the healing area. I can’t brush there either, just dab with a swab dipped in a prescription mouthwash. And I’m having to avoid hot foods for the first 24 hours. I wish they’d told me this ahead of time so I could’ve shopped with those parameters in mind. So I went out this morning and bought some stuff that seemed appropriate — two kinds of pasta salad from the deli for today, some cherry tomatoes, some cut strawberries, some hummus mix, some pudding cups, things like that. And I put the bread I recently bought in the freezer, since it seems I won’t be having sandwiches for a while. (Well, I could have a sandwich, but only if I cut it into little pieces, and that seems a bit silly.)
With all that high-tech stuff they had to make the procedure easier, it’s a shame they don’t have some gizmo that can speed up the healing.