Wednesday, January 09, 2008

News

Well - I got news this week - not the kind of news I'd like - but it's news so thought I'd share it. I must preface this by saying that I have quite the teeth - only one cavity in my 30 plus years - 8 years of braces - you get the picture - I take good care of my teeth - when I go for a cleaning, I never expect to be told I have a cavity, etc., etc. So imagine my surprise when, a few months ago, the dentist tells me that I have a tooth that has decay UNDERNEATH of it - now six months later, the dentist has tried some "clever" ways to fix it, and has decided that it isn't working so - guess what, he says the last resort is a root canal! Can you just feel my pain??? Not only are we talking two - three appointments of two hours each (in my NOT-favorite place in the world) but we are also talking some of the MOST EXPENSIVE dental work you can have done. LOVELY!! I am praying for a tooth fairy - anything to save me before I must face the dreaded ROOT CANAL! I am trying to smile, but after all of that digging around, now it hurts!

23 comments:

Lady L said...

Well Becky, I've had a couple of root canals with crowns. I didn't think the root canal was that bad. I disliked the crown work the most. I know what you are saying, it hits the pocket book pretty hard! Yup, it is spendy. Hey, can I read between the lines and wonder if you would rather have a mammogram than this!!! Ha... couldn't resist typing that. :)

Mr.Brian said...

Been there done that.I have horrible teeth.Would love to have them all pulled and get dentures.Then my teeth could go out at night more then I do.
Heeh,heeeehhh.OK I know pretty lame joke,sorry.

Steffie B. said...

BTDT....several times.....I have terrible teeth. I feel your pain girl! Ask for the gas! SERIOUSLY!!!!!

Sue said...

Oh Becky...that's so too bad, You will have a fabulous smile now! :) And with the drugs these days, you won't even notice the pain!! Ha!

JulieM said...

Ouch .. feel your pain. I had my front teeth knocked out by a softball in high school. I had 4 root canals in my front 4 teeth. I really dislike the dentist now!

Dianne said...

I feel your pain. I was just at the dentist today, luckily just for a cleaning and check up, but it still hurt, somewhat. But Root Canal, sorry.

Eileen said...

Well not THE most expensive - that would be the implant I just had done at a cost of a little under $3000 (insurance will pay less than half, sigh). I have horrible teeth and have had tons of root canals. I have THE best endodontist who does them in ONE approx. 2 hour appointment with no pain or anything, not bad at all really. Is that an option for you?

This was my first (and probably not last) implant I've ever had done and the first tooth I ever had pulled.

Hate to tell you too, but you'll need a crown over that root canal at some point. :-(

Laura Nipper said...

Wow your blog looks awesome. So sorry to hear about the whole tooth thing. I am like you never had more then one cavity. I will be praying for you that it feels better son. No fun at all.

The Shocks said...

Oh, Becky, I'm so sorry you have to have this done. Hopefully it will be fast.

Jen said...

Ouch! I'm such a wimp at the dentist. I HATE dental work! Thankfully I've never had a crown or a root canal. Hope you have good dental insurance and an iPod to listen to while they're drilling!

Carey said...

Ewwww! Yuck, yuck, yuck! That said, thanks for making me feel better. I was at the dentist yesterday and have 2 cavities that need to be filled...at least they're not root canals!

Janet said...

OUCH! YUCK! I feel for ya, for sure!

jennifer said...

I am feeling your pain!! I think I'll go make an appointment right now to take care of a couple of spots so they don't get worse!

nikki said...

Oh my goodness! I am squirming in my seat...I DETEST the dentist!
(that's why I don't go...shhhh!)
I know when I finally DO go - I'll be in for a world of hurt!
Good luck, my friend.

Karen said...

ugh, I'm so sorry. That sounds like no fun, no fun at all.

Denise C said...

Bless your heart!
I totally agree with Steffie!
GAS... is the only way to go in this situation! You feel no pain and you are one happy, silly camper! tee-hee!

Mommy Spice said...

I have spent my entire life dealing with my teeth. I take extremely good care of them, but still have had too many cavities, 2 root canals and 3 crowns, one which just recently had to be replaced. I'm a tooth grinder, so I've caused major damage to my teeth. Yet, I still take very good care of the, because imagine what condition they would be in if I didn't.

krj said...

Ouch, sorry- they do suck. And I take excellent care of my teeth too but have had several cavities, that is often a genetic thing (in my case, the shape of my teeth makes me more prone).

Good luck. I've only had 1 and hope to never have another :O)

GWEN OATSVALL said...

the bright side is the drugs ... some of the best sleep i ever got was when i got my root canal and lost 6lbs... just thought i might put a bright spin on things ... love ya !!!

LINDA said...

Not a great experience for me. I had a root canal and a crown, and still ended up losing the tooth. But these days, a good dentist can perform miracles. Good luck......

Kimber said...

First,

I love your new look!! it is beautiful!!!

Secondly,

I am like you---I am 40 and have never had a cavity. Wore braces and take very good care of my teeth. The hygenist alwayes raves about my teeth. But I was having jaw pain and they told me I needed a root canal! I had the root canal and it turned out my tooth was FINE. It was a mistake! I was SO mad. All that $$$ and time for nothing.

I will pray for healing in your tooth and your wallet> LOL!

Kim

A Mom- In-W8ing said...

All I can say is ... OUCH!

I will be thinking of you!

Smiles! :o)
Nikki

kristihend said...

Becky,
I feel your pain. I had skin grafting in October as I brushed my teeth way too hard (I'm a scrubber) kitchens, bathrooms and teeth.. I did not go with the gas, instead opted for a low dose of anti anxiety pill and that did the trick for me. It is the anxiousness that builds before a procedure that is worse for me. I did well with the 11 shots and everything. Then only needed pain meds the first couple of days at bedtime. Hope all goes well! KristiHend

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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