My husband and I both had a dental situation which seemed exactly the same, but the emergency dentist treated us differently. We had a toothache. I had one first and avoided going in because I was sure it would need a root canal. When it became too hard to bear I went in. Lo and behold, it needed a root canal. Then my husband gets a toothache in a similar area. I told him if he didn’t go in he’d need a root canal also, but he did the same thing I did, and put it off. Then, his blows up and he goes to the SAME emergency dentist but is told he only needs a crown. No root canal. Why the different treatment? Was my husband neglected or me given an unnecessary treatment?
Sara C. – New York
There are a few reasons the emergency dentist gave you two different treatments. One is the cause of the toothache. Teeth can hurt for different reasons. Some hurt for a cracked tooth. Some hurt for an infection or cavity. Some even hurt from a sinus infection.
Maybe your husband’s cause of pain was for something that didn’t require a root canal, but yours was. For instance, you have a cavity and the decay was close to a nerve. But, when he had a cavity, the decay hadn’t reached the center of the tooth or approached a nerve. But, it was invasive enough to need a crown instead of a filling.Those are usually the reasons for needing a root canal.
Patients also have different pain thresholds. Maybe your husband’s intolerable level is much lower than yours. So, when he ran to the dentist, it wasn’t too bad. But, you could be a tough nut, so by the time the pain was too much for you the infection had really dug in.
I wonder what is the reason you have such an aversion to the dentist? Did you have a bad experience? I’m sure you’re aware the sooner you see a dentist, the easier the procedure. Not to mention preventative care could keep you from having a problem to begin with.
If you experience dental anxiety, there is a fantastic solution. I’d look into dental sedation. This won’t knock you out. You’ll still function, but you’ll be completely relaxed and pain-free. You’ll likely find it revolutionizes your view of dental care.
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