Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Root Canal Update
Well over the past several weeks I have been experiencing agonizing mouth pain. When it began, the pain was along my upper gum line. I was suffering from the flu, at that time, and thought I had the beginnings of a sinus infection. When the pain began to migrate to my left jaw I knew I was dealing with something else entirely and made a call to my dentist. My symptoms (throbbing pain that came and went, pain when I ate or drank, etc...) were indicative of the need for a root canal. I was referred to an endodontist. I had to wait a couple of weeks for the 1st available appointment. During that time I kept recollecting all of the root canal horror stories I've heard during my lifetime. I am not a fan of going to the dentist to begin with (I was the kid they had to tranquilize because I was so terrified!) so the waiting was filled with anxiety, angst and trepidation. I don't know about others, but the appointment was practically PAIN FREE! The only pain I felt was the initial sting of the novacaine going into the roof of my mouth. I'm still feeling the effects of the novacaine, although the numbing is beginning to wear off. I'm now embarrassed that I was such a wimp.