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February 13th, 2003
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Will our hero survive the weekend?
So I went ahead and called the *expletive deleted*. I have an appointment Saturday morning at 9:30. It really didn't help when cthulhia came into my cubicle and said "If you can see the cavity, you probably need a root canal." Nevertheless, I made an appointment. And, hey, at least I don't have to take time off of work for it. I'm a bit nervous. I mean, I'm sure it will be fine, and I'm sure I'll feel a lot better knowing my teeth aren't going to fall out. Still.

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From:theora
Date:February 13th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)

Not just a root canal

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You might need a crown. They grind away most of your tooth, all but the root, and then you have to have impressions, in which literally a cup and a half of awful tasting goop is shoved into your mouth in a big tray, and you have to sit there and not move for six minutes. Then they do the bottom, with a different color, different tasting awful goop.
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From:queue
Date:February 13th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)

Re: Not just a root canal

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Thank you for solidifying the vague sense of unease into full-blown dread. Now I can spend countless hours lying awake in bed worrying about it.
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From:theora
Date:February 13th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)

Re: Not just a root canal

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Any time.

And, per my latest comment, it's usually not that bad. Really.
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From:treacle_well
Date:February 13th, 2003 11:48 am (UTC)
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Just to give a positive experience data point, I've had good, painless dentist-visit experiences. I've had a root canal, and it was painless, so even if you do need one (which may cost some money, but since you have insurance it won't be as much) there's not necessarily a lot to worry about.

My strategy for dental visits: lay back, open wide, let the dental person do zir work, and nap. (Well, I don't quite nap, but I do go into a nap-like relaxation state of mind.)
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From:treacle_well
Date:February 13th, 2003 11:52 am (UTC)
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Oh, and when I got the root canal I did need a crown. I didn't think it was as icky as theora implies (but then she's got that teeth=disgusting thing going :-).

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From:theora
Date:February 13th, 2003 11:58 am (UTC)
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It isn't so much that teeth per se are disgusting, it was the idea of last week's rotting dinner being excavated from queue's mouth that grossed me out.

I've had a lot of dental work in my life. Impressions have been my absolute worst dental experiences. Guess I've also got an overdeveloped gag reflex.

But I should stop trying to scare queue. Like you said, it usually isn't too awful. Just close your eyes and think of England. :)
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From:magid
Date:February 13th, 2003 12:15 pm (UTC)
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So he *is* going to get crowned?
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From:rikchik
Date:February 13th, 2003 12:05 pm (UTC)
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I've got 3 crowns. They were annoying but not really all that bad.
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From:cthulhia
Date:February 13th, 2003 03:21 pm (UTC)

I have 2, and 2 pending

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The crown I got in 1986 was a horrid awful nightmare experience.
The one I got in 2002 was less painful than getting a cavity filled.
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From:magid
Date:February 13th, 2003 03:32 pm (UTC)

Re: I have 2, and 2 pending

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Another chance to watch Novocaine!
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From:surrealestate
Date:February 13th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC)
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cthulhia is likely correct. If there seems to be a cavity and it doesn't hurt, that's a really bad sign. I have a dentist I absolutely adore, but he's way out of the way in Norwell. I think he's worth it, though. One thing I'd say is that if your dentist wants to do the root canal (if you need one) themself rather than sending you to a specialist, be suspicious. At the least, ask them why they think that's the better way to go. If they suggest that you see a specialist for it, that's a good sign.

I think getting a crown is more of a pain than getting the root canal part of a root canal, but sadly, the latter requires the former as well. Be prepared to shell out a fair bit of funds.
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From:cthulhia
Date:February 13th, 2003 03:20 pm (UTC)

specialists?

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then again, I picked my local dentist knowing I'd need a lot of work. I was annoyed to have to be farmed out for extractions as it was.
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From:bitty
Date:February 13th, 2003 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Will our hero survive the weekend?

if not, it'll be an awfully crimped euchre game!
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