Posts Tagged ‘endodontics’

2015: A tooth odyssey

October 2, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Oct. 2, 2015

My long dental odyssey may finally be drawing to a close.

Right after I had my root canal in early September, I scheduled a follow-up appointment with the endodontist. From what I can remember, I was told that the doctor would check on the tooth that had been rooted to make sure there were no signs of infection; if that was the case, I’d be sent back to my dentist for the (long-delayed) installation of my permanent crown.

What I hadn’t realized was that I would have to get doped up again for this rendezvous with the endodontist. Just as before the procedure at the beginning of the month, I’d need to take anxiolytics two hours before the appointment and over-the-counter painkillers one hour ahead of it; I’d also need someone to drive me to and from the appointment.

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My root canal!

September 4, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
Sept. 4, 2015

If I was distressed by the prospect of getting dental work done back in June, it’s fair to say that my emotions were hovering just a smidge under absolutely terrified prior to the root canal that I had Thursday afternoon.

(Spoiler alert: Reader, I lived!)

A tooth near the back of my lower jaw on the starboard side of my face had been slated to get a crown. But when the dental hygienist first installed a temporary crown in July, the bite wasn’t right — the temp was too tall. I suffered with discomfort for a few days before returning to get things adjusted.

The dentist filed the corresponding tooth on the upper jaw to reduce the extent to which it came down; the hygienist then made additional adjustments to the temp. Because I was scheduled to leave for a vacation, the office arranged for me to return that Friday to have the crown permanently installed, something which I’d otherwise intended to get done upon my return in early August.

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