The Story Of The Root Canal That Never Happened

Many people get nervous and scared at the mere mention of a root canal.   Some people know they just won’t stay numb through the whole procedure.

-Fear

-Pain

-Loss of a tooth.  That’s right – the tooth is essentially dead when a root canal is done.

The object of this post is NOT to scare you.  It is to share a story of mine from over 20 years ago.   Whenever you are not sure about something, it can pay to get a second or third opinion.

First, you should understand that the tooth will not be ‘alive’ after the procedure.  The tooth will likely turn brown and will need a crown. (Rhyme was unintentional)

I was only 23 years old when they suggested my first root canal.  — That was about 20 years ago now and I have not had one yet! (at the time of writing this)

Again, it can pay to get another opinion.

Here is what happened:

1. I went to visit a dentist that my mother raved about.

2. I sat in the chair.

3. Dentist came in.

4. Dentist said, “How do you feel?”

I told him that I felt a little pain in an area that I pointed too and asked if I needed to worry about it.

He looked in my mouth for about 3 to 6 seconds (literally not more than that!).

He said, “I don’t see anything wrong”.   “We could do a root canal.”

RED FLAG  – I don’t see anything wrong. We could do a root canal.  <–   TWO SENTENCES THAT DO NOT BELONG TOGETHER!

No, he was NOT joking.

I declined.

He said, well if it still bothers you in two weeks let me know.  <–  (Um, shouldn’t that have been the default option?)

Thinking about that situation still irritates me to this day.

If I had been slightly more in the mindset of ‘doctor knows best’, I might have had my first root canal at 23 years old!

– Of course, I speak in general terms here.  For unique questions about your own dental health, you should ask your doctor or dentist.

Fast forward about 15 years.   I had a problem with gum disease.  My dentist wanted me to do an expensive treatment.

Based on passed experiences, I thought there might be a better way.

1. Found the better way.

2.  Went back to the dentist.

3. Stunned dentist stated that I did not need that treatment and that whatever I was doing, I should keep doing it.

QUESTION  – Did said stunned dentist want to know what I did so that she could tell her other patients?   ANSWER:  NO!

Want to know what I did?

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My dental stories are not unique.  Many people have told me similar stories.

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Please note, I am PRO dentist.  There are good dentists in the world.  We, as consumers, MUST, for our own well-being know how to tell the difference.

** I spoke in general terms here. If you have a question about your own unique dental health, be sure to ask your dentist for the answer. What works for one person may not work for another.

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