|My those front teeth are pretty!|
|The Instruments of Torture|
Bad news, he said.
I need a root canal on this tooth. The infection wasn't bad, but it was enough.
Luckily, he was able to score an appointment with Dr. Kathy Tyler of Endodontic Associates for later that day.
So, off I went after getting some lunch.
Wow, her office sure is a lot... nicer... than my little strip mall dentist's office!
|It's like a "Pretty Woman" version at a dentist's office - I feel too poor to be here|
I filled out some paperwork and agreed to the horribly obnoxious cost of $1105, should my insurance not cover the procedure. (If it WAS covered, I *only* owed $255...)
Soon, a hygenist/assistant called me back and had me sit in a (really comfortable) chair, then took some x-rays. I like that they have the machines right in the same room - no need for the patient to get up for an x-ray.
|Digital x-rays, now served tableside|
|The tooth in question is the one on the right, with the big white dot (an old filling)|
|The endodontist's workstation is behind the chair, so when they lower you down, it's all within reach|
|Very tropical, with lush greenery and bamboo|
Halfway through the procedure, she tapped me on the shoulder. I pulled out one of my earbuds to hear what she was saying. She had pulled out the root by then, and she was actually SHOWING it to me! (I'm a curious person, and had already peppered her with questions before she began). It was about the length of a grain of rice, but very thin, like when you pull a string from the hem of your shirt or something. It was also very white. She said that when roots die, they shrivel up to be very skinny, but when they're still alive, they look like a tiny tapeworm. Um, eww? But, cool!
She finished up and added root filling, to fill the holes where the roots were, then we took another x-ray to ensure that she got everything she needed.
|They clip on this cool Dental Dam to separate the tooth they are working on from the others and to keep the area sterile|
|Now you can see tht tooth has root filling and a temporary filling to get me through the next few days|