I am pleased to report that following my trip to the dentist today I apparently have fat cheeks (on my face) but no ONJ.
After enquiring how my dentist was settling in, having only qualified last summer, Dr F asked what he could do for me. ‘I’d like you to tell me I don’t have osteonecrosis.’
Dr F: ‘Someone been on the internet?’
So after me explaining about temp spikes, ear infection, sore mouth, Dr F had a good old poke and prod about and established which bit was sorest. Apparently the point of ultimate soreness is exactly where a whole buncha nerves meet up and party. Having checked the outside of my jaw and then the left compared to the right – they match – there is no sign at all that it is ONJ.
However I do the mouthy equivalent of a bruise because I have chubby chops. Because I have had my top left wisdom tooth out the bottom one has nothing to press against and is a little longer than it would otherwise be (I just realised that as well as saying I had fat cheeks the young whipper snapper also told me I was long in the tooth) and the fatty deposits in my cheek are being accosted by said tooth resulting in quite a lot of redness and a bit of whiteness which was the ‘bruise’. I just figured the redness was a result of the sore bit.
I got to look at this myself with the aid of a mirror and do you know how unflattering an angle it is to look at yourself whilst laying down with your mouth open – you can see up your nose and everything, well your nose.
So Dr F asked for a second opinion from Dr T, whose practice it is and who has been dentisting for about 25 years – so I had the best of both worlds – newly pressed dental knowledge and the wisdom of experience. Dr T concurred and apparently I am a grinder as well so that could exacerbate the problem with the fat cheek.
So the outcome was no ONJ and if my fat cheek doesn’t settle down in seven to 10 days I can go back and they’ll do something – I don’t know what, maybe put it on a diet!