Monday, September 19, 2005

Today I had a root canal. I was surprised at how quickly they did it. One second I'm lying on a dental chair perusing "Architectural Digest" and the next someone -- evidently a trained dentist -- is inserting a fat needle into my palate and stuffing my mouth with latex.

The numbness is wearing off as I write; time for some Motrin and an antibiotic.

7 comments:

dawn said...

I found the anticipation of the root canal to be worse than the procedure.

I'm on the 3rd root canal on the same tooth (over the course of one year) The infection has been tough to kick, and I'm taking strong antiboitics now.

I'm back in the chair on Thursday for final check/re-pack. (she says hopefully)

Hope you're on the mend.

Mac said...

The shot in the roof of my mouth was by far the most painful part of the procedure. It was like something sadistic aliens would inflict on a hapless abductee.

I only needed to take one 800 mg tablet of generic Motrin (after weeks of popping lesser doses) and the pain is gone. But it looks like I'll be on antibiotics for a while.

dawn said...

The shot is awful, yes... and I found the latex shield (used to expose only the tooth they worked on) to inspire a bit of claustrophobia. I felt like I was about to be tossed in the trunk of a car.

But overall, the whole experience in the chair was less dramatic than I imagined.

*Here's to healthy teeth, and happy-foliage filled posts!

W.M. Bear said...

I only needed to take one 800 mg tablet of generic Motrin (after weeks of popping lesser doses) and the pain is gone. But it looks like I'll be on antibiotics for a while.

Just look what happened to Phil Dick in a similar situation! The meds could catalyze your big "breakthrough" as a writer. (If you start telling us how "The Empire never ended," we'll know for sure.)

W.M. Bear said...

Speaking of "Blade Runner."

Mac said...

The PB Exegesis -- coming to a screen near you.

Saundra said...

I agree with Dawn. The anticipation of the root canal is far worse than the whole procedure itself. After my dentist in Edgewater performed the root canal procedure, there was little discomfort but I generally felt okay. A few days had gone by and I still wasn't feeling any pain like the others did. I guess I'm pretty lucky my experience wasn't that bad at all. With the pain-free procedure, I should really be thanking my dentist. Edgewater, NJ residents are truly lucky to have him as their dependable dentist.