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