Update on my freakin' tooth....

  1. Well, you gotta figure since the title to this thread sounds so crappy, that the news may as well be crappy...right?

    Right.........I went to my normal dentist today. He did some test where he sends electricity through my tooth to see if I could feel the buzzing. And he did an xray. Cost $58 bucks!! Just to electrocute my tooth, and take a dumb pic of it.......

    WELL...anywho....I have to go to a specialist to have a root canal done....then I have to go back to my regular dentist so he can put a filling in it, and then put a crown on it...........sheesh.........this sucks..........I hate my bad teeth......can bad teeth be inherited? My family seems to have a hard time w/ their teeth...
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  3. by   Robin61970
    I think bad teeth can be inherited. My hubby's family has problems with their teeth and my children both have problems as well. My daughter had 2 caps at age 3 and needs 4 fillings at age 4. My son has to have 6 fillings I believe it is so.......he is 8. Fun fun
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Bad teeth can indeed be inherited. I didn't inherit mine though, I acquired mine through years of malnourishment and hydrochloric acid

    Sounds like quite a run around for a root canal though. Don't know why your dentist couldn't do all three phases in his own office. But he did need the x-ray to see how deep the damage went.

    Heather
  5. by   BadBird
    When I had my root canal last year my regular dentist did the entire thing and he did a wonderful job. I don't know why you are getting such a run around,you may want to go to another dentist.
  6. by   delirium
    I have bad teeth. Definitely courtesy of my Pops.



    Good luck, Kristi. I can think of infinitely more fun things to do than be on the business end of a root canal.
  7. by   kristi915
    I guess my dentist wasn't trained for my specific tooth??? I dunno, it sounds stupid to me, but I wasn't going to let him do the procedure. I can't stand him. Today he was a complete ass...I couldn't stand to listen to him talk. He's a puke, he freaks me out, and I'm just not comfortable around him...so why have a person I'm not comfortable with fishing around in my mouth?

    I'd rather go to someone new and different anyhow. Someone who has had more expeirence. My mom is going to take the list of specialists to work with her to see if any of her coworkers have had one of them. And to see what they say about him/her. I want a good dentist. I don't want to have to go through the crap I went through when I was little.
  8. by   caliotter3
    Make sure you research business reputations also. I stopped going to a dentist when they started sending me bills for an extra
    $1600 after I had paid for a bridge IN FULL. When a price is quoted before a procedure and that price is paid I don't see how they can up the ante after the work has been done. Will not pay another penny and now go somewhere honest.
  9. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Bad teeth can indeed be inherited. I didn't inherit mine though, I acquired mine through years of malnourishment and hydrochloric acid

    Sounds like quite a run around for a root canal though. Don't know why your dentist couldn't do all three phases in his own office. But he did need the x-ray to see how deep the damage went.

    Heather
    Heather--I hope this question isn't too probing; if so, you can tell me to "MYOB--"

    But, "malnourishment and HCL--"were you bulemic, and binging and purging, so as to bathe your teeth in stomach acids?

    If so, please share your recovery with us. If not, please accept my apologies.
    Last edit by stevierae on Aug 27, '02
  10. by   stevierae
    Originally posted by kristi915
    I guess my dentist wasn't trained for my specific tooth??? I dunno, it sounds stupid to me, but I wasn't going to let him do the procedure. I can't stand him. Today he was a complete ass...I couldn't stand to listen to him talk. He's a puke, he freaks me out, and I'm just not comfortable around him...so why have a person I'm not comfortable with fishing around in my mouth?

    I'd rather go to someone new and different anyhow. Someone who has had more expeirence. My mom is going to take the list of specialists to work with her to see if any of her coworkers have had one of them. And to see what they say about him/her. I want a good dentist. I don't want to have to go through the crap I went through when I was little.
    Yeah, I agree with you, Kristi, it is better to go to an endodontist. Even though our dentists are all part of a group practice, when you need a root canal, they walk you right down the hall to the endodontist, or call him in the room and co-ordinate a treatment plan together.

    Now, aren't you glad you listened to all your allnurses "mothers?"

    My dentist said that some of the worst teeth he has ever seen are due to people drinking soda (i.e., Big Gulp Cokes) all day long.

    Now, young lady, you big ol' SENIOR, get yourself BACK TO SCHOOL!!!
  11. by   kristi915
    I stopped drinking soda like a year ago. And I cut down on the sweets, I try to brush my teeth 3 times a day or after I eat. I usually drink a lot of water, and stay away from the junky stuff. He didn't give me an antibiotic, but I guess my mom is going tomorrow to get a prescription for one incase my tooth gets bad this weekend. Saturday is my sisters wedding and I am a brides maid, so incase my face swells up again I will have something to keep the swelling down.

    Oh wait? Did I tell you guys about my WHOLE right side of my face SWELLING?? It swelled up really bad!! And the gum around my tooth got really swelled too!!! It hurt really bad, I had to call in to work....which p*ssed my boss off, but I was in pain and I looked like a gerbil w/ one big cheek...... That was not fun...
  12. by   stevierae
    Gosh, Kristi, from what you are describing, it sounds like you have an ABSCESSED tooth!! You should probably also be taking Motrin to cut down on the inflammation.

    What exactly did your dentist do that made you so upset last visit?
  13. by   kristi915
    I can't explain why I don't like him. There's just something sick and creepy about him that I don't like. He just had an attitude and whatever..........I just don't like him, I don't feel comfortable around him....
  14. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Originally posted by stevierae
    Heather--I hope this question isn't too probing; if so, you can tell me to "MYOB--"

    But, "malnourishment and HCL--"were you bulemic, and binging and purging, so as to bathe your teeth in stomach acids?

    If so, please share your recovery with us. If not, please accept my apologies.
    I don't mind, I've shared little pieces of my recovery here before. There's not alot to tell without sitting at this computer for a few hours and completely hijacking Kristi's thread. There is no Reader's Digest version

    My recovery involved lots of therapy, both inpatient and outpatient. It's an ongoing thing. The negative thoughts of myself and food have never completely gone away (as I sit here right now I wish I hadn't eaten so much freakin pasta salad!), but I've learned to better control the impulses.

    I don't think you can ever be cured from eating disorders, just like an alcoholic will always be an alcoholic. I just have to work a lot harder than everyone else at my own self esteem and not letting the rest of the world's idea of beauty rule my every move.

    See, even when I try to shorten it up, it's long! I could have said tons more, if you're interested, feel free to PM. My poor mother spent way too much money on my mental health not to share.....

    Heather

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