July 18th

Day 200 – I have a decision to make.  Get my tooth (that’s been bothering me forever) pulled or have a root canal.

The root canal idea gives me the heebie-jeebies.  I had one done about 6 years ago — and it took until last year for the dentist to actually fix the tooth so that it didn’t hurt.  Now, I’ve got a crack in the molar behind it.

I haven’t been able to chew on the left side of my mouth for a few months, and now it has become super sensitive to hot and cold.  Saw a new dentist today and the two options he gave me were what I wrote above.

Getting it pulled concerns me, though, the dentist and his assistant did a good job of answering all my questions.  But, it still bugs me to think that I’ll have a hole in my jaw where a tooth once was, should I decide to go that route.

I want to talk to my youngest sister — who was a dental assistant — and ask her opinion.  If pulling the tooth will end my pain and suffering in one easy appointment, then, I’m game.  Then, there’s the conflicting argument that you should always try to save your teeth no matter what.

I just don’t know.

Today, I worked in the front perennial bed and weeded, weeded, weeded.  While I thought about this damn tooth and what to do about it.

Sigh.

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3 Comments

  1. July 19, 2013 at 4:46 am

    If you were looking for advice (I was not sure…) I would recommend doing the root treatment. These day it is a simple procedure (I had one done last year) but you need a dentist who specialized in doing just this. It seems to me you need to change your dentist, at least for this procedure. Do not pull out teath if there is another solution. Sara

    • klrs09 said,

      July 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Thanks — I think you’re right. It’s just this has been such a long, nagging problem. . .

  2. July 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    definitely go with the root canal! having an empty space in your mouth may cause your teeth to shift over and also weakens the bone structure beneath your gums


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