I learned something new today. I learned that an abscessed tooth lowers the pH of the surrounding tissue and it becomes acidic. Local anesthesia is alkaline. It is neutralized and is not absorbed into the tissue. This means anything around the abscess doesn't get numb.
Experiential learning in this instance is not a good thing! Trust me!
Today I began the implant process by having the damaged tooth removed. It was not a pleasant experience with incomplete numbness. However, the good news is that now that the infection is cleaned out I am experiencing less pain than when I first left the dentist's office.
Oh well... and to think... I could have gone for a cruise instead!
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