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Very serious and dangerous phobia

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Nervousbear

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Hi


I am after some advice or reassurance/directions.

Around 20 years ago I had a facial trauma accident, which smashed part of my tooth off at the front.

As a result, I was rushed to the dentist which I didn't want to do, but I was a child.
Following this, Xrays showed I had luckily just kissed the nerve by paper thinness amounts.
They put a piece back in that was missing as I didn't have the old piece, as this was being done I fainted and fitted.
The procedure carried on, and then it happened again just before he finished.

I came around again and he was done, I left quickly and threw up outside before passing out again.

The next day I woke up to find the new piece missing again, and following a telephone call the dentist stated he wasn't happy to provide me treatment anymore due to complex health issues I have, such as Autism but also coupled with this mass phobia.

A referral was made to a hospital to be put under a GA by IV.

I visited the hospital initially where they intended to treat me, but even that was too much and I left and left my tooth like it.

However, following needing a filling recently I had to visit the dentist again which I haven't done in 20 years.

I was put on a high strength benzo to try and counteract the fitting and fainting.

On the second part of treatment they have identified that the tooth that had trauma with the missing piece is completely dead.

Apparently I will never feel pain in it as its that dead.

There is no colour change and never has been, and to be completely honest if I tap it with my nail I can feel this.
Also, when I put something like ice cream on it, I think, I think I can feel the coldness after a short while.

During the examination I lost consciousness, fitted this time very badly, turned a different colour also I am told.
It was that bad an ambulance was considered.
That was even after high strengh benzo drugs.

The dentist has advised I need a root canal, as it's completely dead.
They've partially drilled it pretty deep and big so far but as I fitted the procedure was halted.
I am also told they can't do it due to the type of root canal needed and I need to see a Endodontist.

I'm told I'm at risk of infection due to it being dead, although they cannot say if when this will happen.

Now speaking to a specialist they've said I'm most likely going to need to be put out at a hospital due to my complex issues.

Questions are -

If I leave this tooth is there a POSSIBILITY it won't become infected? I know it's possible it may, but is it possible to never become infected?

I have been advised to buy me time to have the tooth packed with medication and filled while a hospital decides the best choice to do it.

It doesn't hurt, my gums are fine, no colour change at all compared to any other tooth and it's been dead for the 20 years they reckon, they think it died shortly after the facial impact.

I really really really cannot face root canal, so although I know this is likely the most recommended answer can you please give me some advice on leaving it for at least now.


I've read online some people have had dead teeth in their mouths for decades without issues.

From a very scared, worried human
 
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Molar_bear

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Hi @Nervousbear thar sounds like it must have been a really terrifying experience for you. I’m not s dentist so can’t help with a lot of your questions. But wanted to offer some resssursnce that root canals are not the horrible procedure they they seem to get the same for! I had one an honestly is was more of a breeze than I expected, I had it with IV sedation and the recovery was fine too. I understand though that you may not want it done and it’s always your choice. Equally as this maybe be what the dentist suggests anyway!
 
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Molar_bear

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Hi @Nervousbear thar sounds like it must have been a really terrifying experience for you. I’m not s dentist so can’t help with a lot of your questions. But wanted to offer some resssursnce that root canals are not the horrible procedure they they seem to get the same for! I had one an honestly is was more of a breeze than I expected, I had it with IV sedation and the recovery was fine too. I understand though that you may not want it done and it’s always your choice. Equally as this maybe be what the dentist suggests anyway!
Oops typo. Meant to say might NOT even be what the dentist suggests. Sorry 😐
 
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Gordon

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If I leave this tooth is there a POSSIBILITY it won't become infected? I know it's possible it may, but is it possible to never become infected?
Yes it's possible. The usual caveat to these things are that you can't work out when it's going to go wrong, these things being what they are, it'll probably flare up at precisely the worst possible time :)
So the short answer is that it's probably better to have it taken care of at some point in the near future when you can plan it, rather than leaving it until it becomes some kind of emergency where you can't get it done in hospital with IV or whatever.
 
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