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The Nerve's Dead, Jim

For all the horror stories, the root canal was actually fine. The worst part was actually the fact that there was a TV playing "People's Court" in the dentistry room. This was the first part, the actual drilling; there are two follow-up bits, which are the permanent filling and the crown, respectively. I also have another tooth due to go through all of the above shortly thereafter.

Let this be a lesson to you, kiddies — don't wait 8 years between dentist visits. :P Only diligence at brushing and flossing has enabled me to still have teeth at all. :P

Unfortunately, I'm back on antibiotics again because the one tooth was so far gone that part of the nerve had actually died. Since the whole process of a root canal is designed to go in and remove the nerve, that wasn't inherently a problem, but it does mean I have to be super-careful to make sure it doesn't get infected between now and then.

I'm sure you're all just pleased as punch to read about it, too. ;) At least it's my mouth we're talking about here!

-The Gneech

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torakiyoshi
Feb. 16th, 2009 11:07 pm (UTC)
Well, I for one am glad things went well. I'm sorry you have further issues to be dealt with, though.

-=Kiyoshi
camstone
Feb. 16th, 2009 11:09 pm (UTC)
My advice, go for the gold crown. Add some bling to it. Otherwise, they are pretty much no-see, and not worth it.
radbaron
Feb. 16th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)

Might I suggest a listen to Weird Al's "Drill Me" song, a parody of U2's Batman "Thrill Me"
frostdemn
Feb. 17th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
Be glad it didn't have to be pulled. I let one cavity get so bad I couldn't chew on that side of my mouth for some time. I thought the thing I was feeling was some sort of chunk of food stuck between my teeth I just couldn't get out, but it was a bump from my rearmost molar. Poor thing had to come out because it was too late for a root canal, and so did its upstairs brother. TT^TT
blacktigr
Feb. 17th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
Okay, you've convinced me. Ed's getting his dentist visit as soon as I can schedule it. (I've been putting off the scheduling part, because he'll need a Saturday visit, and I do stuff on Saturday.)
grizzly47
Feb. 18th, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Root Canals - Been there Gneech
Due to plaque I have to visit my dentist twice a year. About 5 years back I cracked a molar. I have, what my dentist refers to as brittle teeth (well, grinding my teeth hasn't helped).

Anyway this molar had four roots (not the average 3) and I sat in a chair for 90 minutes. I must admit my tooth (now dead because the root canal) felt much better. Then came the gold crown. $2100 BUCKS! It was only good for about two years, then I had to have the tooth extracted.

My dentist said it was rare for the tooth to continue cracking after a root canal, but that's what happened to mine, which resulted eventually in the same problem you've got.

Now I another molar's cracked, but it's not bad enough to have a root canal.. Yet.


Hope you feel better soon Gneech - I do understand the discomfort.
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