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I know I should go to the dentist's but I'm afraid that it won't end well...

Lioness

Lioness

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[deep sigh]

As in the title.

I have one tooth for an extraction after failed root canal in 2016 - #7 on the right side of my mouth, bottom. #7 on the left side of my mouth, bottom, will be needing root canal (it was done conservatively two times already).

I'm not sure what's going on with me... I just have a feeling that all this won't end well...

I don't want another root canal... After the one done in 2016, followed with lots of aches and pains... and almost a year ago finally defined as failed by another dentist...

I think generally RCTs are not good for me - they ache long after the procedure or react for each and every change of the weather...

But I don't feel strong enough to ask my Dentist for an extraction instead of a root canal...


To be honest, I'd like to have all my ugly, crooked teeth with malocclusion extracted and get dentures... You know, no more dentists, procedures, brushing inside my which I hate... Just pain-free teeth...
 
Hey Lioness,

so sorry to read how much you're struggling. I'd be too if I went through the whole procedure of rct and would have to have it extracted afterwards. I see how this seems unfair and how extraction looks like a more preferable option. Have you had other rcts in the past besides this one?

When you say that you don't feel strong enough to ask for an extraction, what is it about? Is there anything that would give you the strength? Or maybe even better - anything that may help to share your past experience with him and get the information you need to make a decision? There will be pros and cons to the root canal but also to the extraction so it may be good to have the full picture.

Sadly, even having a full denture wouldn't save you from dental visits - they need to get adjusted pretty often as your mouth changes so you'd probably have to see a dentist regularly anyway.

All the best wishes
 
Hi Enarete,

thanks a lot for your reply.

Have you had other rcts in the past besides this one?
Yes, I've had one with my current, female Dentist. The point is that in the beginning, right after having it done and a few months later, it didn't give me any pains or aches. Me and my Dentist were so happy then! She even clapped her hands and cried, "Hooray, we've saved the tooth!" :)
It was #5, on the right side, upper.

And then, quite recently, it started to give me aches sometimes, especially at night and\or when the weather is changing. Sometimes it even hurts a bit when I have my face cream patted in...

But - for a change - it doesn't hurt today. So, I'm really confused!

Is there anything that would give you the strength? Or maybe even better - anything that may help to share your past experience with him and get the information you need to make a decision?
Oh, I don't know, really... :unsure: It was the tooth done by her, two times conservatively already, #7 on the left side, bottom...

Just... When my previous, male dentist was going to do the RCT on #7 on the right side, bottom, and my Mum then said that I had wanted to have it extracted, he's said with might, "No. Teeth have to be fixed, not extracted! It's a long way to pulling out!"
Today I think, "Yes, long, very painful and tiring way!" It has been giving me pain almost everyday since 21st September 2016... Now it aches mostly when I eat...

But, she said now that if so it needs an extraction...

Well, I'm afraid she might say the same as my my previous, male dentist when it's about the tooth done by her, you know...

Sadly, even having a full denture wouldn't save you from dental visits - they need to get adjusted pretty often as your mouth changes so you'd probably have to see a dentist regularly anyway.
Really? How - excuse my saying so - sucks! :(
 
Good evening everyone.

On my last dental appointment, which was at the beginning of September last year, I was diagnosed with problems with my gums. The Dentist put in their pockets some medicine which looked like hair, I guess it was zincum oxide. It had a very hot and strong taste but I survived somehow.
Unfortunately, it hasn’t helped too much, I think, because my mouth is still rather sore and my gums bleed after brushing.

On some of the past appointments, before discovering the nasty state of some of my gums, my Dentist suggested that my jaw pains may be caused by my malocclusion. I’m not sure if I fully believe her in this case - after all, I’ve been having this malocclusion all my life and I started to have these strange pains in my jaws with short breaks since some day in August 2018, I guess…

I wonder, can malocclusion get worse over time?

Besides, some of my teeth are cracked - I guess #8 on the left side, bottom, #7 on the right side upper… and, I guess, #7 left, in the bottom, too, but I’m not sure…

Or maybe it’s just not possible to help me… :(
 
I have a very strong feeling that if I go to the dentist's, I will be feeling much worse than initially... :(
 
Oh poor you, it must feel like it's never ending :(. I'm not sure what to say... root canal treatment is quite a complex procedure, and ideally it's done by a specialist with an operating microscope, especially on back teeth, to ensure the best possible outcome. But that's not always feasible (both cost-wise and availability-wise), and a lot of the time, even a not-so-expertly-executed root canal treatment will last a long time without giving any problems. So I can see why your dentists are in favour of root treatment rather than jumping straight into extractions.

With the gums, has your dentist been able to suggest any methods for keeping them clean to stop the inflammation? It must be quite difficult/impossible to use things like interdental brushes and floss when you have physical limitations...
 
Oh poor you, it must feel like it's never ending :(.
Yeah, it's like never ending story... :(
My last root canal was was quite painful during the first appointment (in spite of using local anesthetic) and very painful after it. The other two appointments for this RCT were better, fortunately...
My Dentist said about this pain between appointments,
"So, it is like this. It's a concrete pain."

Now, I guess, two of my teeth, previously done by RCT are cracked, so, I guess, four cracked in total as I cracked two more in the meantime... :(

What's more, gums inflammation...
With the gums, has your dentist been able to suggest any methods for keeping them clean to stop the inflammation? It must be quite difficult/impossible to use things like interdental brushes and floss when you have physical limitations...
The problem, besides my physical limitations, is that I have malocclusion and very tightly arranged teeth... I guess, even very thin interdental brush won't go through...
My Dentist suggested some dental irrigator but the biggest problem for me is that I would not be able to use it by myself... :cry:

You know, it's mostly about back teeth - my Mum won't be able to help me neither...

Besides, being helped in "dental activities" is something terrible for me... :( I just prefer being little miss independent, at least at those matters, you know... 😭

PS Thanks for your reply, @letsconnect... It's so good to talk, at least... :)
 
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