Friday, April 11, 2008

Something you never want to hear your dentist say....

"You're never going to get through the weekend if I don't do this right NOW."

Had an emergency root canal today. Holy Mother of God. I couldn't figure out which tooth exactly it was, since I had a filling in two teeth and in between the teeth (back molars) and I thought the filling was crumbling or getting ready to fall out. So he said, "You're going to hate me, but I'm going to blast some air on one to see if that's it" (another thing you don't want to hear a dentist say -- "You're going to hate me").

Well, I quickly figured out what tooth it was. After he peeled me off the ceiling, I got my heart rate back down, and he said, "Ok then, let's get you numb". That's when I asked, what, you doing this NOW? And he said the you-won't-get-through-the-weekend part.

Four shots of novocaine. He warns me that this is a "hot" tooth, meaning it's entirely likely that while he's drilling, he'll hit a nerve and I'll feel it and he'll have to shoot me up again.

Oh lovely.

Starts drilling -- yup. Not fifteen seconds in and I'm back on the ceiling.

He shoots me up twice more and leaves for a while to let that set in.

Comes back, starts, I'm still feeling it but I'm merely digging holes in the armrests; I haven't levitated yet. So he drills, shoots, drills, shoots, drills, etc etc, and finally, nerve is gone.

All done, and I finally remember to breathe.

And how was YOUR day?


  1. I'm so sorry you had such a horrific Friday. I hope you are feeling better and have a better weekend.

  2. Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about your horrific Friday. I hope you have a better weekend.

  3. I hate very few thing in life, but root canals rate way up there. Why weren't we born with "impermanent teeth" I wonder. One gets bad, it falls off naturally and another grows in its place.

    Yes, I know. But wouldn't that be a swell way of avoiding root canals? LOL


  4. Anonymous9:51 PM

    I totally sympathize :-( My son had one, complications set in, and his poor little face swelled up like an was the most painful thing he ever went through......hope you are recuperating quickly!

    Terri E.

  5. Anonymous9:59 AM

    I'm sorry you had a bad Friday but hopefully you're feeling alot better by now.

    I think you've missed you calling, girl. I about feel out of my chair laughing at your experience. You should have been a writer!! :)
    Donna (GA)

  6. Anonymous1:47 PM

    holy moly. It's things like this that make me TERRIFIED of the dentist.

  7. You and me both! And I had to go back today because the pain's no better. He took another X-ray, and there's no change, no infection -- he just said that sometimes "these things happen" and that it can take a little longer for a tooth to calm down.

    AGH, pass the Vicodin!

  8. Anonymous4:26 PM

    Ugh. So sorry.


  9. oh ppoor you i had a bad expierande with a root canal too i ended up in surgery and had 5 visits and 3 fittins for the false tooths after ugh! anyway hope your feeling better!

  10. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Man, oh man! My very first root canal was like this. 3 hours later...I was a total basket case!


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