Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Well it was bound to happen eventually....

That fateful night in November 2003 when I took a little tumble down a big flight of nasty stairs has claimed another victim. Monday I had my very first root canal. What surprised me is that it was NOT one of the fractured teeth that required it...but the only front tooth that did NOT fracture. The signs however, were exactly as Dr. Chin said they would be....the tooth was rapidly turning a dark color. Both the dentist and the endontic specialist said the reason it was THAT tooth that turned was because of the impact it took that night..WITHOUT fracturing. The damage was so severe I had to go to a specialist for the root canal. Luckily...due to his skill it was a FAST 1 hour in and out procedure. And fortunately...because its a front tooth the dentist is working to restore the tooth without a CROWN. We're doing a "walking bleach". They left a hole in the back of the tooth..and every 2 weeks we're putting some bleach INSIDE the tooth...then packing it with cotton and putting on a temporary filling. We'll do this for the next 2 months until the tooth is back to a "normal" color. Or perhaps lighter since we also plan to whiten the rest of my teeth when we redo my other dental work.

I must say...if you need a root canal ... you should definitely opt for a specialist in Endontics.... Not that I'm particularly afraid of dentists after all the work I had done to fix my mess of a mouth....but I definitely get a bit shaky when getting worked on now... And the specialist made the whole thing quite easy.

3 comments:

Julienne said...

Yikes! Is it a painful procedure?

Shelley said...

Not at all...lots of novacaine. I forgot that my nose goes numb when the work on that part of the mouth. You just feel the pressure from them doing it. They gave me extra strength tylenol and motrin to take TOGETHER every 6 hours for the first 2 days. They said its like a narcotic but without the nasty side effects. Didn't really hurt me until my dentist started messing with it yesterday to put in the first round of bleach. But its okay again now.

el walto said...

I'm so sorry to hear you're still dealing with the after effects of your tumble down the stairs! But I very glad that you seemed to have found a great person to work on your teeth. Good luck during the whole process... it sounds like quite an ordeal :\