post from root canal nightmare-I could use some advice too.

  1. Yikes this is hitting too close to home. I had a crown for almost 16 years on a back molar. Last year I had to choose between a bridge and implant. I wish I had gone for the implant. The bridge was a nightmare. No matter how many shots of novicane (over a 100) and some lidocaine I couldn't get numb enough for my dentist to drill to shape the nubs for the bridge. I ended up needing conscious sedation in order for the dentist to do ( I even started my own IV because the dentist couldn't get it after 6 sticks). It was a nightmare. My dentist felt so bad that he didn't charge me for the conscous sedation and he and his assist gave me a gift card to the Cheesecake Factory -ymmm!

    Well, dread, don't you know at my check up before christmas he said that there is a small opening at the base of one of the bridge teeth that is open and so I need to get a new bridge placed because the first one doesn't fit right(at his cost of course).

    I did a curbside second opinion with a oral surgeon in the ICU and he said that I really did need to have a new bridge placed for the 1 mm size mal alignment.

    So tomorrow I go back in. Does anyone know if Percocet interacts with the novacaine/lidocaine? I am seriously considering self medicating before I go in, I am petrified to go back in because I am a baby when it comes to teeth.
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  3. by   live4today
    One of my adult daughters is going for a root canal today. She called last night to ask me if it was painful when I had mine years ago. I told her not really as long as the novacaine works. I feel your dilemma. May it all work out painlessly for you. :kiss
  4. by   iliel
    Even with a 1mm gap, I would still get it fixed..you know, micro stuff that gets up under there and eats away at the unprotected tooth. That's why I would always advise against getting a bridge. You have to grind down two perfectly good teeth (unless they need work too) just to replace a tooth, then thoes teeth are more likely to have problems.
    in OS we use to sedate pts with Lorazapam..i before bed and one before the appointment. This way the pt is well rested and reponds well to the novicanne. Also, eat before you go in so you don't metabo the stuff as quick.
  5. by   kc ccurn
    Quote from iliel
    Even with a 1mm gap, I would still get it fixed..you know, micro stuff that gets up under there and eats away at the unprotected tooth. That's why I would always advise against getting a bridge. You have to grind down two perfectly good teeth (unless they need work too) just to replace a tooth, then thoes teeth are more likely to have problems.
    in OS we use to sedate pts with Lorazapam..i before bed and one before the appointment. This way the pt is well rested and reponds well to the novicanne. Also, eat before you go in so you don't metabo the stuff as quick.

    I'm thinkin' that a little valium might not be a bad idea. I'll have to see if I can get a ride home......I really am not looking forward to it. iliel where were you a year ago sweetie, you could have talked me out of this dang bridge....
  6. by   iliel
    Quote from kc ccurn
    I'm thinkin' that a little valium might not be a bad idea. I'll have to see if I can get a ride home......I really am not looking forward to it. iliel where were you a year ago sweetie, you could have talked me out of this dang bridge....

    I was suckin spit in a dental office!!
  7. by   kc ccurn
    Quote from iliel
    I was suckin spit in a dental office!!
    :chuckle :chuckle :chuckle

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