You are a pain in my tooth!

This should be a new idiom. Really, I mean it after undergoing the Root Canal Treatment (RCT).

There are articles on the Internet which indicates root canal treatment is not painful. I kept wondering how is that possible when roots – the nerve roots are involved. And I was right!

It hurts, even with anaesthesia. And that anaesthesia injection itself is a painful process. I had the best doctor – not just a dentist but an oral maxillofacial surgeon – but you got to endure the RCT even under the most experienced hands. Ideally it is a dentist or an endodontist who does RCT, but since I am from the healthcare industry, and to me, trust and my comfort with the doctor is priority, so my choice was a dental surgeon.

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The killing of my tooth – RCT work in progress

All my teeth were perfect and shining, until I broke a molar while relishing a cookie. Yeah, me too was shocked, but this did happen. On dental examination, it was found that the tooth was decaying in the inside, and so the fracture and the break.

And then the RCT begins…

  1. It is painful. It just is. And why will it not. You are actually killing your tooth!
  2. Those instruments – the drill and pins and the whatever tiny sharp equipment used scare the s**t out of you. There is a constant fear if you may swallow any of them leading to another emergency or something may get in your eyes or…many weird scary thoughts.
  3. That light straight on your face, hurts your eyes.
  4. I hate the X-ray plate positioning. The more posterior the tooth, the more annoying it gets.
  5. And the mould to get your bite impression – yucks!

Whatever, I miss my perfect molar, and now after 7 sittings, yes 7 visits to dentist, I am done with RCT—there is a cement mummified structure in place of my deceased tooth. Soon there will be a ceramic cap covering it, and I will have an expensive ceramic mausoleum in my mouth.

Brushing your teeth twice-thrice, flossing regularly, etc. etc. are all good practices. But one got to visit a dentist every six months to avoid dental emergencies like the one I faced. I got a little over confident that I have the perfect set of teeth in my mouth, and nothing is going to happen to them ever, as I consciously take care of them. Well, it did not work.

So regular visit to a dentist every six months, and on advice, to get an OPG (orthopantomography) makes sense. An OPG gives a beautiful x-ray view of your jaws and teeth – perfect ones, decayed ones, impacted ones, broken ones, filled ones, capped ones – all teeth types can be identified. It is like a panoramic scan of your teeth.

For me now onwards, anything or anyone annoying will be a major pain in the tooth, unlike neck and backside earlier. Well, it is a new phrase, and will give a little rest to my neck and backside. 🙂

…Ashu Bolar