Root Canal Or Extraction – Update

I have been a little quiet the last few days as I have had an abscess on my gum. Whilst it hasn’t been that painful, I am in dread of what will happen to my poor tooth and gum. This abcess reared its ugly head about a week ago in the exact spot where I had a root canal done just over a year ago. I have to visit the dentist tomorrow since I have finished the course of antibiotics. I’m sure he will take an x-ray and give me either of two options – another root canal or an extraction.


And this is the only good toot I have left! No wonder I am feeling depressed…


Well I have been to the dentist and the news isn’t too bad so far. He tapped my tooth and pressed my gums, and there was no pain at all. He took an x-ray and there was a dark spot indicating an infection at the tip of the root. But the dentist can’t tell if this is there because of the last infection when I had the root canal done over a year ago. He doesn’t want to rush into anything so he told me to come back in a week to see if it has settled down. It may just have been a gum abscess. Fingers crossed!

On a more cheerful note, austin the fecker will be delighted to know that I made a serious garlic sauce today to go with my falafels. It was fecking yummy. I have to share the recipe.

5 cloves of garlic
1 egg white
1 cup of neutral oil (sunflower is fine)
Juice of 1 lemon
a good pinch of salt
1 cup of iced water of which you will use around 2 tbsp

Put the garlic cloves along with salt and 1/4 of the lemon juice in the blender. Blend on medium and scrape the sides down when the garlic goes flying everywhere. Add the egg white and blend on medium.
Add half the oil in bit by bit. A thin stream is not necessary, but don’t go crazy. A reasonable, fine, steady pour is good.

At this stage, the emulsification should have taken place. If it hasn’t and the sauce looks like it has split, then something has gone wrong. You may need to remove half the amount, add another egg white, whizz away and re-pour what had already split. But if you take it slow without pouring the oil too quickly, it should be fine.

Switch to a slow blend, and add the rest of the lemon juice in slowly too.
Add the rest of the oil in the same fashion.
Add 1 or 2 tbsp of water. You will see the consistency change into something wonderfully creamy and light.

I also found a recipe when I was in Nice recently for Raspberry Bakewell Cake. This is to fecking die for.

140g ground almonds

140g butter softened (I just used Flora – a spread)

140g  golden caster sugar

140g self raising flour

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

250 g raspberries

2 tbsp flaked almonds

Hold onto the raspberries and flaked almonds for the moment, but take the rest of the stuff and mix it up. I used a mixer and it took me about 3 minutes. Plaster half of it into some sort of cooking tin using a spatula…then you are allowed to massage the raspberries onto the top of it, followed by the rest of the cake mix. Then throw the flaked almonds on top. Cook in a fan oven at 160 degrees celcius for 50 mins. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream drizzled with raspberry juice.

I swear to god that this is one of the most delicious desserts that I have ever made. I am running around the house hiding it because I want to keep some for tomorrow. Hubby says I am like a hen with an egg. He discovered it sitting beside the computer!!! I am keeping a close eye on it. They will thank me tomorrow when I get the dreaded news about my toot, and I have a pudding for them.


And fuck Sarah Palin and John McCain.

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16 Responses to Root Canal Or Extraction – Update

  1. MrsGunka says:

    So sorry to hear about your tooth! I hope you can save the tooth. Just got over a root canal and crown. Your recipes sound wonderful, but don’t know how to translate the quantities. Perhaps you will make enough to share with everyone! 🙂 Keep your head above the ground and your feet firmly planted on top! In complete agreement about Sarah and John! What you said….:-)

  2. Ripley in CT says:

    I work in a periodontal office. It’s very likely that the root canal was not complete, leaving some biologic material at the apex of the root. (the tip). You probably have a root fracture, too, making the infection come out into the gum next to the tooth. The tooth will probably not be salvageable. Repeat root canals rarely have positive long-term outcomes.

    Have you thought of implants? Do they do them there? That’s what my office does. The tooth comes out, the bone fills in over 2-3 months, then the surgery to put a screw into the jaw is done by a specialist. Another couple months of integration, and then your regular dentist makes a crown for it. They can last a lifetime, and most do. Of course, you need to know, that smoking is the leading cause of periodontal disease… I know, I know…But it’s another good reason to stop. 🙂 Just thinking about your health 😡

  3. titlewave says:

    Oh Irishgirl, your poor toot!

    I think I’d try the root canal first – if possible- it seems much simpler and better in the long run. Of course, I’m not a dentist, but I am a very experienced dental patient! 🙂

  4. Lilylake says:

    I’ve had 4 root canals I believe, and each tooth was saved. They were mostly molars. My dentist always referred me to an endodontist to do the root canal – they are trained to do them and have done a lot of them. Sometimes they can’t quite get all of the root, though and the tooth might be lost ultimately. Good luck; it’s not pleasant but it can save your tooth.

  5. Here you go, Irishgirl. 7 minutes to rage against…whatever gets us down…
    Angry Blues

    I can’t help it if I don’t feel so good
    I can’t help it if I don’t feel so good
    If I had my way
    I’d be sitting on top of the world
    I can’t help it if I don’t feel so good…
    …come on baby
    let’s do the twist!

    Off to the library for another day of soggy shoulders as I continue to violate school district policy that says we shouldn’t touch our students. I WILL hug them why they cry, and I will not be the first to let go. Today we bury another student. Apparent suicide. Damn Abstinence Only, and bullies, also, too.

    Rest in Peace, little one. These angry blues and all my school hugs from this day forward are dedicated to bless your memory.

    much love,

    • irishgirl999 says:

      Thank you for the song and sending some hugs your way. (((thatcrowwoman))) I’m so sorry to hear about the little one. Keep hugging your students. They need all the love they can get.

  6. MrsGunka says:

    Thanks for the update! Hope all goes well!

    Keep hugging those kids thatcrowwoman! These kids are so brittle at this age and can snap at any moment when all seems useless. Those hugs can go a long way! Thank you. Have 3 grandchildren that just lost their mom. Grandma has lots of hugs for them and many more whenever they need it! They walk on such thin ice at this age.

  7. Paula says:

    Good luck with the dental problems. I’ve never had to have a root canal, thank God. I didn’t have my first crown until I was in my fifties, then last year I had to have two more. Spent $3500 at the dentist last summer. I absolutely despise teeth. Nothing but 32 little fecking time bombs waiting to go off and cause horrible expense. The horrible part is that as you age, you have problems slap you upside the head no matter how careful your hygiene, because aging teeth just tend to crack.

  8. irishgirl999 says:

    Nothing but 32 little fecking time bombs waiting to go off and cause horrible expense.

    I loved that description. 🙂

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