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Two really sucky options

I’ve said it before. The dentist freaks me the heck out. I hate to admit it because I’m not normally so… normal? I mean, it’s normal to be afraid of the dentist right?

Please say yes. I don’t need to feel worse about this.

Thankfully I have excellent dental hygiene. I brush twice a day. I floss every night. I use mouthwash. I’ve never had many dental problems. I had to get my wisdom teeth removed. I also had a wee little filling on something that was a soft spot not a cavity. Or something. I’m not a dentist.

I had hoped that that would be the end of my relationship with the dentist other than regular cleanings. Wouldn’t you know it couldn’t be that simple.


So now this stupid tooth that never bothered me before ever hurts like crazy. That’s not the way these things are supposed to work right? No pain, get a filling, one year later extreme pain? Seems backwards, am I right?

Naturally the first thing anyone would do when they get shooting pains when they so much as brush in the area, much less eat anything hot or cold, would be to call the dentist right? Well…. I may have put it off… awhile.

Like a week. I really honestly hoped it would go away.

Needless to say it didn’t. And when I put down a bar of Godiva chocolate because it hurt too much to eat it I knew I had to suck it up and make a call.

Yesterday I had an appointment with an endodontist because when I explained my symptoms to my dentist they thought I may need a root canal. Yay!

I went to the office, filled out some paperwork (By the way, how mean is it to expect someone to remember important information like their SSN or their husband’s driver’s license number with the sound of sucking and drilling as background noise. ::shiver:: Wait, who remembers their own driver’s license number much less their husband’s? Seriously.) and tried not to pass out, throw up or shiver too visibly. Spoiler alert: I did none of those things. Win!

Well, after taking some x-rays and then poking around in my mouth to find out if it hurt. (Yes it freaking did!) I was told I have two options. Both of them suck. Of course.

Option one: Try to repair my damaged filling and hope that will fix it. It’s definitely the less invasive option. It also won’t cost a fortune which is a big plus. The downside is, it may not actually fix it at all. In fact, I can expect to be in pain for the better part of a month. It may even make my pain worse, to the point of not sleeping, for awhile. And if it doesn’t work I could end up needing a root canal anyway, after all that.

Option two: Just go ahead and get a root canal. This would make the pain go away much faster because it gets rid of the nerve. No nerve, no pain! Wee! However, it would hollow out my tooth, weakening it and requiring a crown. Complications with that down the road could mean losing a tooth. It also may require my selling my first born child to pay for, I’m not entirely sure how much my insurance covers. I know it’s the more expensive option anyway.

So yeah, I’m putting off calling and scheduling anything because I honestly don’t know what to do. I’m also not in quite as much pain as before. Mostly because I’ve stopped chewing completely on that side of my mouth but whatever.

I need advice from someone with more dental experience than me. I’m leaning toward the first option, anything less drastic seems like a plus. But the idea of being in pain for a month is less than appealing. Tell me what I should do people! I need your help!


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  1. Talk to your insurance company to see how much the root canal and crown will cost. My insurance covered my crown 50% and the major surgery 100%, so I had to pay $350 for the whole thing.

    You’re going to be anxious either way. I think it’s better to at least have a guaruntee of being pain-free afterwards.

    • See $350 is a lot for us right now…I’ll check with my insurance but it’s looking more and more like I’ll be just trying to fix the filling.

  2. I would try to just fix the filling but only because I absolutely hate the dentist and the words root canal freak me out to no end! Sorry, I’m no help at all!

  3. This is a tough one. I’ve never had a problem like this but I would probably go with the first option probably only because of the cost issue. I would suggest calling your insurance company to see what they will cover for each service.

  4. Liz

    I am not a dentist or anything, but I had a root canal done four years ago. Then, about six months ago, while pregnant, said tooth got a chip in it. I didn’t even notice the chip until I started to have horrible pain, because food had been getting stuck in the chip and making the gum infected (it was actually more like a hole – it chipped in the area that is between two teeth!).

    Upon investigation of the pain I found the hole. And since that time my tooth has continued to chip off and fall apart. It is now to the point where most of the tooth has chipped off and it is like having a little knife in my mouth. Yeah I know I am a procrastinator. But we just got dental insurance this month!

    It is pretty sad when you are sitting there eating skittles (happened to me yesterday!), all of the sudden you hear some hard crunches in your food and your first thought is, “Oh, there goes my tooth again!” Eck.

    So in my limited experience I would avoid the root canal at all costs, but that is just me. Maybe I had a crappy dentist who did mine for it to fall apart so bad after just four years. But yeah I hopefully will never have to go through that again!

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