So I was supposed to get my permanent crown on my root canal today, but I’ve been having pain in and around that tooth for the last few days, and I expressed my concerns to the dentist. He put me through various “tests” to see where the pain is coming from. This was done by hitting my tooth with a little hammer, making me bite down real hard on a cotton roll, and trying to twist my tooth right out of my head! Yes, all those things hurt!
He decided that he’d better not put the permanent crown on, in case I need to go back to the endodontist, and he finds he needs to go back into the canal. Lovely.
We’re supposed to leave for our vacation in a couple of days. I feel like I have a time bomb inside my mouth. What if it goes off while I’m 500 miles from home? The dentist thinks I’ll be OK to go on vacation, and just see the endo when I come home, but he gave me a prescription for an antibiotic, just in case I need it when we’re on the road. To make matters worse, I came home and googled "root canal problems" and read all kinds of horrible things that can go wrong. I wish I could "un-read" them!