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Alan "reasonably dangerous" Berman

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Root Canal

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Last Wednesday I starting getting horrible pains in my face. Specifically, my upper right bicuspid. (A.K.A. tooth #5)

By Friday it was obvious that it was getting worse, not better, and I would need to see the dentist.  I made an emergency appointment with one Dr. Amidi.  She was very nice and quickly determined that 1) I was, in fact, in pain 2) The pain was coming from my tooth and 3) I needed a root canal.

I had hoped that I could just get the root canal thing done right there on the spot and just be done with it.  Alas, apparently root canals are not in Dr. Amidi's repertoire.  She referred me to one Dr. Hernandez.  Unfortunately, Dr. Hernandez couldn't get me into her schedule until the following Monday (today).

Today I met with Dr. Hernandez.  She was also very nice and determined that 1) I was, in fact, in pain 2) The pain was coming from my tooth and 3) I needed a root canal.  Unlike my Friday visit however, I got my wish. She performed the root canal right then and there. (Hoorj~?)

* * *  A bit about root canals * * *

For those of you only vaguely familiar with root canals, here's a quick synopsis.  They numb your face, they drill a big hole in your tooth, they scrape out all the nerves inside of the tooth, they fill it in with cement and a reinforcing post, then they bill you.

All my life the only thing I ever really knew about root canals is that they're sposed to be horribly unpleasant and painful.  Having now experienced one though, I must say I don't see what the big fuss is.  My biggest complaint about the procedure wasn't the pain (barely any) it was the smell.  The stench of drilled enamel and whatever other random compounds they used to reassemble my tooth was horrible.  I wanted one of those oxygen nose tube things.  And maybe a pair of headphones.  Given those two things I probably could've ignored the procedure almost completely.  Though my jaw did get a bit sore from holding my mouth open for about an hour. :\

I'm sposed to be sore and swollen now, but so far I'm feeling great.  Tomorrow I'm gonna make an appointment with Dr. Amidi to have the tooth crowned sometime next week. Then I'll be good as new. Maybe even better. :)  
  • after you got your wish, you left out the point about 4) then the bill comes for 1 gazillion dollars. :/ that's the part for which i needed anesthesia!!!
  • I'm glad you're feeling so much better! This is probably the most positive review of a root canal ever. Maybe dental technology is improving by leaps and bounds.
  • When I had my root canal done, I tried to do it without anesthetic. I bet that's where the horror stories come from.

    It's no spinal tap, but yeah.

    My biggest problem with my root canal (and my recent foot surgery) isn't the procedure itself. It's the zillion shots of anesthesia with that huge, burning needle that drives me over the brink.
  • What causes someone to need a root canal? A cavity that has been left unfilled too long?
    • Any time a nerve inside a tooth is dead or dying. For me, it was caused by an impact.
    • my gums are receeding...my doctor told me that as the nerves become exposed, they can more easily become infected. Which then causes great pain. So they do a root canal, the negative side of that is you no longer have a nerve there to tell you when something is horribly wrong.
  • I made the discovery at my dentist that if you are willing to pay $30 out of pocket they will give you nitrous oxide for any procedure (except cleaning, probably) on request. As I have a very painful jaw and I am a squirmer, this has turned out to be a very good thing (except when you feel the need to giggle while you are being drilled). So, should it ever happen again, just ask! If your dentist is like mine, they can probably help you out.
  • This is totally fake.
  • Having now experienced one though, I must say I don't see what the big fuss is. My biggest complaint about the procedure wasn't the pain (barely any) it was the smell. The stench of drilled enamel and whatever other random compounds they used to reassemble my tooth was horrible.

    That's exactly what I thought when I got one. Like, that didn't hurt at all. Thanks, numbing agents. But the smell and subsequent taste in my mouth afterward was disgusting.
  • Hooray!!! I'm glad that part is over! Here's to numbing agents!
  • ah...so that's why your face was numby
    my dentist explained to me about root canals because my nerves are starting to show. I remember him saying that the procedure can hurt but not when compared to the pain you get by not doing it.
  • (Anonymous)
    I had a root canal and it didn't hurt at all. It was a relief. I had a tooth that had a cavity that had been filled get worse under the filling and one day it cracked in half and everything got in there. It made me cry. I drove to the dentist and they gave me a topical and did the root canal the next day. A cracked in half tooth is the most pain I have experienced in my adult life! My teeth are awfull. I had braces for 4-5 years and it was a sad story when they took them off. I had 10 cavities. My teeth are still messed up. It's a bummer.

    I am glad that you had it taken care of. Sooner is always better than later.
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