punkwalrus (punkwalrus) wrote,

Fat lip

On Thursday, I went to see my dentist for a checkup. Normal routine, nothing found but my abused teeth. I have needed a bridge on my upper and lower molars on my right side for over 10 years due to a combination of bad dental work and a ladder to the face that smashed out six teeth back there. But it would cost $6000 *after* insurance, so that's not happening anytime soon.

As he was remarking how little tartar I had (as he always does), while scraping at my upper front teeth, his dental hook slipped and slammed into the part of the inside of my upper lip where it meets the gums. Not the SHARP part, just the curved back of the hook. It hurt enough to make it throb for a while and there was a little bleeding that stopped right away. "Oops, sorry," he said.

Then my smart and pretty dental assistant cleaned my teeth (okay, it's still Anya, hee). The throbbing went away, but after a few hours, my upper lip started to swell. Not a whole lot, but it's the kind of swelling that happens only to your lips. Those who have been hit in the face know what I am talking about. Your lips get stiff, swell, and then you have this goofy overbite look.

While mine is not as bad as it could be, and it's gone down since yesterday, it's still annoying. Sometimes I make a raspberry sound when I say the letter "P," and people ask if I have a huge zit under my mustache or something.
Tags: dentist, health, lip
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