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Project Grateful 365 (Day 169): I survived a root canal surgery!

In more ways than one, the preamble towards this dreaded day was worse than the 1.5 hours on the dentist chair. I read up quite a bit on the psychology of fear and my Dentophobia but still I was pretty scared a few days leading up to today. I have determined that mine is an emotional related fear.

She went in with gusto, is all I can say about the entire procedure. I don’t think she bothered to check if it was salvageable, but just went straight into the root canal. 🙁

Good thing is after digging into the roots of my tooth and removing all my nerves, she looked at her ‘work of art’ and apparently was quite pleased with it. Considering I dislike dentists, I think she was pretty decent, gentle, patient and was emphatic to my fears.

That said, I’m not looking forward to getting 3 more visits with her for the  insertion of some nail thing, fitting of crown, actual placement of the crown and of course the rest of the 7 cavities. I check my teeth every 6 months, I’m not sure why the dentist in Singapore let me get to this stage. I guess she did say the rest were pretty tiny and lets solve that before it escalates. I HEARTILY AGREE.

On the bright side of things, the surgery went well. I still feel numb/sore from the impact of everything done today but nothing major. I’m hungry, but don’t feel like eating because my right side feels very sore. That tooth has been giving me problems for ages and I’m just glad its solved once and for all. (As long as there is no infection!)

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Here’s my ‘refurbished’ tooth. Fake root thingies replacing my nerves.

Project Grateful 365 (164): Grateful for decent health care

I’m done fretting about the darn dentist. It scares me for to no end, so instead I shall find a way to be grateful about this whole darn procedure!

So I’m grateful that

1) I’ve partial dental coverage.

2) I can afford the root canal and assorted procedures. (If you cant, I reckon you just gotta extract and leave a gapping hole!)

3) I’m in the US, so while health care is exorbitant, its also relatively advanced compared to the rest of the world.

4) The invention of pain meds (Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) or IV meds) will help me not feel the actual pain.

5)  I wont have to go alone.

 

HUP HUP HUP! Dentophobia GO AWAY!

 

#KILLMENOW

The dreaded day of visting the dentist has arrived.

I have one potential root canal and 7 cavities. I brush and floss, but apparently I don’t have the same superior genes as Kris. My parents teeth are terrible too, so I guess I’m just one of those unlucky ones.

I swear to God, I do take care of my teeth, mouth wash(2x), floss (1x) and brush(2x) daily. Kris doesn’t even do that, he just brushes twice a day. And not even as thoroughly as I do!

I’m down in the dumps, this has got to be one of the worse days of my life.

I’m not even being melodramatic  I hate the dentists. I hate the drill and all assorted equipment in there. I think this fear developed from my crazy wisdom tooth extraction from 2 sides of my lower jaw a few years back.

I wish they can just give me a GA and just knock me out.

But with like everything else sucky in life, I just gotta suck it up and it’ll be over.

There are much worse medical conditions in the world to be diagnosed with.

On the bright side, the root canal will probably solve all the composite problems in my left molar.

In Singapore they don’t usually do an X-ray and as such, the problems are much worse at the end. Right now apparently I just have tiny cavities between my teeth in a couple of tooth and that should be relatively painless.

The problem is in the US, they schedule another visit for cavities and what nots, so then you got time to raise money to pay for the dentist and if all else fails, you can sell your first born to pay for dental treatment.

Even with my existing dental insurance, I’m still looking at a cool 1000-2000 US dollars.

23rd May 2013 is the day they will drill into my molar and determine if its really a root canal, but from the X-ray its not cool at all. NOT COOL.

But I will be brave *thumps chest*

Mr Robot was also very nice, he gave me lots of hugs and told me, “Don’t worry I will accompany you on all your dental trips.”

*Awwwww*

3 more dentist visits, OH JOY!