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  1. Hi All. My anxiety and stress levels are through the roof right now. My two front lower teeth #s 24 and 25 have been having root canal symptoms recently. This all started in mid July 2021. My dentist was not able to get me in for an appointment until October 7, 2021. The left one #24 started first. The tooth became chipped when I was eating. The pain started gradually and intermittent at first and then became worse and worse and constant. Now both teeth have pain with hot and cold liquids and foods, sharp pain with hot and cold, the tooth throbs and pain lingers after hot and cold, a constant toothache and pain with biting and chewing. I saw my dentist three weeks ago. He examined these and the nearby teeth, took x-rays and testing the teeth with endo ice. Both #24 and #25 were positive testing to the endo ice and positive with the tapping on the teeth. He said the x-rays look fine. No signs of disease or illness other than the one tooth being chipped. He referred me to the endodontist for a consultation and root canal treatment and sent the x-rays to them. I saw the endodontist for a consult yesterday Tuesday, November 2, 2021. I’ve seen this doctor before and he knows my history. I had a 3D cone beam CT scan performed at this appointment. I also had regular digital x-rays taken of the teeth in the area. He examined teeth numbers 22, 23, 24 and 25. Tooth #22 was normal to all testing. Tooth #23 actually surprised me and hurt the worst at this time. Tooth #23 the doctor told me had a previous root canal treatment, maybe 2-3 years ago. The tooth tested positive to all tests including tapping, gum probing, biting on cotton and cold testing. He showed me the digital x-ray that showed the tooth has extensive damage to the tooth and the surrounding gums. He diagnosed it with External Tooth Root Resorption. I’ve heard this diagnosis a few times before with different teeth. This is considered an auto-immune disease that only affects the teeth. It’s thought to be caused by trauma which in my case is likely the double jaw surgery I had in 2014 in addition to adult braces. He said the previous root canal treatment on #23 is breaking down and no longer helping the tooth. He said that normally he’d recommend a root canal re-treatment but that in this case it would be likely to fail. The tooth is too fragile and weak and he is also concerned about the surrounding gum tissue. This is why the re-treatment is not recommended. His recommendation is to extract this tooth and to replace it with an implant. The implant would be placed 2-3 months after the extraction giving the surgical site time to heal. I may need a bone graft but they won’t know until my dentist sees me. So teeth #s 24 and 25 are also a possible cause for concern. These teeth did test positive to the tapping and biting on cotton. I did feel cold pain with these teeth also but he said they were within normal ranges at this time. This seemed odd to me because when my dentist tested those two teeth they hurt me a ton with the cold test. The endodontist said that this may be because tooth #23 is hurting me so bad. After #23 has healed from the extraction, about 2 weeks, he wants to see me again to re-test #24 and #25. These teeth may need root canal treatments but it’s hard to know at this time with #23 hurting so badly right next to the other suspect teeth. As soon as I got all of this news my anxiety and stress levels got out of control. I felt like I wanted to cry in the dental chair. I think I was just in shock at the time. Right after the appointment I called my dentist and their next opening for an extraction appointment was a month and a half out. I took the appointment and then called around to a couple of Oral Surgeon offices to get their recommendations and appointment availability. The Oral Surgeon has an appointment on Thursday, November 11, 2021 in the afternoon. They said they could do a consult and treatment in the same day. They could also do my implant later on. I took this appointment and cancelled the other one. This tooth #23 is hurting me so bad that I just can’t wait any longer. The office does offer Nitrous Oxide which I told them I want to use for this appointment. It’s the only way I can get through dental treatment without having a panic attack. The Endodontist is also very concerned about my gums around this tooth #23. He measured the pockets at the appointment and that really hurt. I had a bone and gum graft on my six lower front teeth about four years ago and this tooth was part of that. He wants me to see my Periodontist again to re-evaluate this tooth and the rest of the bone and gum graft. We’re hoping the grafts are not failing. I’ve been alternating taking OTC Tylenol and Aleeve. I was advised several years ago to try to avoid Ibuprofen due to a stomach condition called Gastritis. I was so stressed at the Endodontist appointment that I forgot to ask what to take for pain. I called the next day and they are calling in a prescription of Hydrocodone and Ibuprofen 800 mg. They are aware of the stomach issue and said that taking it short term should not cause any issues. These teeth are just hurting a lot. The pain is keeping me up and waking me at night. During the day it hurts so bad that I'm distracted at work and during regular daily activities. I'm stressed and anxious not knowing what will happen. I still have these potential root canal treatments hanging over my head. I’m super anxious, stressed and nervous about meeting a new doctor the Oral Surgeon and of the procedure of the extraction and the future procedure of the implant. I’ve had extractions before but it was 8 teeth at once to prepare for my double jaw surgery so I had IV sedation at that time. I think in comparison the nitrous will work for just one tooth. The appointment is supposed to be 1 hour and 15 minutes for the consult and extraction at the same time. I’ve never had an implant before so the unknown of a new procedure is really freaking me out. I also plan to use the nitrous for this future procedure. I was told years ago when I had my first root canal treatment that being that I was so young that the root canals would likely have to be re-treated and the teeth would break down over time causing the need for extractions. I just hoped this wasn’t true and never expected it to happen so soon. I’m afraid this is just the beginning of more future extractions to come. This auto-immune disorder External Tooth Root Resorption is a rare condition and in my case is very aggressive. This is at least my third diagnosis in 2-3 years. I've attached the x-ray is anyone is curious. If you look at the tooth #23 you can see the old root canal breaking down. Also if you look for the circle in the middle of the tooth that is the Resorption. I'm now 4 days post-op from #23 being extracted. I asked the Oral Surgeon about the External Resorption and it's likely progression and prognosis concerning my other teeth. He said that since this disease is very rare and aggressive it's hard to say. He thinks it will likely attack the rest of my teeth one by one leading to root canal treatments and eventually more extractions. I've already had 18 of my teeth root canaled in 10 years. A lot of these teeth the root canal treatments are begining to fail and causing me pain again. I have about 10 'healthy' teeth left and right now 7 of them are having pain and signs of illness. Three of them may need root canal treatments but I'm waiting to see the Endodontist this week. I was told a few years ago that my teeth are so fragile that they will all likely need to be extracted at some point and the root canals don't last forever. I'm seriously considering full mouth extractions right now. I'm sick and tired of having pain and anxiety about my teeth. If I did this I would have them all replaced with implants. Has anyone here had experience with full mouth extractions, implants and/or External Tooth Root Resorption? Feeling very lost, confused, fearful and anxious right now. I just need some support right now. Thank you for listening to me vent. JJ
  2. Having a lot of anxiety right now.

    1. Natasha1

      Natasha1

      Has anything worked in the past for your anxiety? You could try the 321 methid. Ill look for the thread right now and comment again

    2. Natasha1
  3. Hi Everyone. I have a question. Let me give you a bit of background first. I've had a toothache on my upper right teeth for 3 weeks. This past Thursday the 8th I saw an endodontist at my dentist's referral. The teeth are having the typical root canal symptoms, hot/cold sensitivity, constant toothache, throbbing toothache and pain with biting and chewing. When I saw the endodontist he identified two teeth with the same symptoms. He told me that I would need a root canal treatment on one that day and we would see how the other tooth felt after. He asked me which one hurt most. Tooth #6, the canine tooth hurt worse so we did the root canal treatment on #6 on the 8th. He said that the tooth might be tender and be sensitive to chewing for about a week. I understand this as I have had root canal treatments previously. I have been taking Ibuprofen for the post procedure pain. I know it's only been a short time and the tooth #6 that just had a root canal treatment feels fine. It's just the usual tenderness you expect after the procedure. The other tooth #5, a premolar has been hurting all along and has not improved and is still having the same symptoms. My question is, is it too soon to call the Endodontist's office on Monday to schedule another consultation and treatment on #5? Or do I need to wait for the week to be up after #6's treatment to let it calm down? I can tell the difference that now I'm having two types of pain in two different teeth. I expect #6 to continue to improve because it only has the tenderness from after the procedure and no more root canal symptoms. But, tooth #5 still has the same symptoms and I'm afraid if I wait it will get worse if I wait. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you. JJ
  4. Hi all. Time for an update. Two weeks ago I started having pain a tooth on my upper right. It's having the typical root canal symptoms, hot/cold sensitivity, pain with biting & chewing, constant toothache and throbbing toothache. So, I went to see my dentist, Dr. C., and told him what's been going on. It was just a sudden onset of symptoms. He took x-rays, examined the tooth, checked my bite, had me bite down on cotton and did the cold test. The tooth, #4 a premolar, is definately having root canal symptoms, but the x-ray looked fine. I've had this happen before and have no idea what causes it. He said the tooth is behaving like there's something irritating the pulp and the root is dying. He referred me to the endodontist again, so I have an appointment with Dr. W. I go to see him on Monday, Feburary 12th at 9:30 am, which was their soonest appointment. I scheduled it for consultation and treatment all in that appointment. I will also use nitrous oxide during treatment. I did tell the receptionist that I'm in a lot of pain and she said she would call me if any sooner appointments open up. So, here I am again in this situation. The tooth is hurting a lot and hard to ignore. I'm also very nervous and anxious as I normally am in situations like this. Hope I can keep myself distracted until the appointment. Any support would be great. Thank you all for listening. JJ
  5. Hi all.I have a question for members here who have gone through this.I'm looking into exposure therapy for my dental phobia. Has anyone here used it before or is anyone able to explain it to me?Otherwise are there other types of therapy to help you overcome the phobia ?I really feel trapped right now. I need to find a way to start overcoming this not just go on an appointment by appointment basis because that isn't working.Thanks.JJ
  6. Hi. We're all here to support each other on here. Feel free to message me. JJ
  7. Hi and welcome to the forum. Feel free to message me. JJ
  8. Hi.I just want to say thank you to all of you for your support. I don't know what I'd do without this forum and all of you here to support me.I'm healing well from the gum surgery. It's been 6 days since the surgery and I'm feeling better. The stitches fell out in day 3. The surgical site looks much better than it did.I'm sorry I haven't been on much recently. I did intend to post more as I was healing.I'm feeling really emotional right now. I feel out of sorts. A lot has been happening with me lately besides my dental appointments and such.I don't know if I've mentioned previously, but I deal with chronic pain. My back (especially lower back), my knees (both) and my neck are areas where I experience chronic pain. I have times where it won't bother me at all or will be minimal and other times where I'll have an episode of severe chronic pain.Recently I'm having an episode of severe chronic pain. I discussed this with my therapist, who says anxiety, stress and pain and are all related to each other. So, with all this dental stuff I've been dealing with recently, it triggered my anxiety which in turn triggered the pain. What a wonderful cycle.My anxiety is low in relation to dental things currently, but for some reason I have this nagging overall general anxiety now. Who knows, maybe they are related. I haven't been able to identify a trigger though.My back is hurting me to the point that I sought out the services of a massage therapist. I've gone twice in 3 weeks now, because the pain is so bad. The massage really helps me. It not only reduces my pain, but it also helps with my anxiety. This is a new practitioner that I'm seeing now and she is excellent and has reasonable rates, unlike most people in my area. After a session with her I feel better for about a week before the symptoms get bad again. I'm going to see her regularly for awhile until I can get the pain under control.I'm rather frustrated with my psychotherapy right now. After several weeks of feeling like I was making progress, I now feel like I'm stuck. I'm not moving forward. In fact I feel like things are repeating now and I don't know what to do about it. I already wrote my therapist today to get her views on this, but I'm waiting to hear back.So, right now I'm just feeling frustrated and emotional.JJ
  9. Hi.I just want to say thank you to all of you for your support. I don't know what I'd do without this forum and all of you here to support me.I'm healing well from the gum surgery. It's been 6 days since the surgery and I'm feeling better. The stitches fell out in day 3. The surgical site looks much better than it did.I'm sorry I haven't been on much recently. I did intend to post more as I was healing.I'm feeling really emotional right now. I feel out of sorts. A lot has been happening with me lately besides my dental appointments and such.I don't know if I've mentioned previously, but I deal with chronic pain. My back (especially lower back), my knees (both) and my neck are areas where I experience chronic pain. I have times where it won't bother me at all or will be minimal and other times where I'll have an episode of severe chronic pain.Recently I'm having an episode of severe chronic pain. I discussed this with my therapist, who says anxiety, stress and pain and are all related to each other. So, with all this dental stuff I've been dealing with recently, it triggered my anxiety which in turn triggered the pain. What a wonderful cycle.My anxiety is low in relation to dental things currently, but for some reason I have this nagging overall general anxiety now. Who knows, maybe they are related. I haven't been able to identify a trigger though.My back is hurting me to the point that I sought out the services of a massage therapist. I've gone twice in 3 weeks now, because the pain is so bad. The massage really helps me. It not only reduces my pain, but it also helps with my anxiety. This is a new practitioner that I'm seeing now and she is excellent and has reasonable rates, unlike most people in my area. After a session with her I feel better for about a week before the symptoms get bad again. I'm going to see her regularly for awhile until I can get the pain under control.I'm rather frustrated with my psychotherapy right now. After several weeks of feeling like I was making progress, I now feel like I'm stuck. I'm not moving forward. In fact I feel like things are repeating now and I don't know what to do about it. I already wrote my therapist today to get her views on this, but I'm waiting to hear back.So, right now I'm just feeling frustrated and emotional.JJ
  10. Hi everyone.Well, I just got home from my appointment with Dr. G. a little while ago. I did end up needing the dental surgery so he did it for me today. Took about 1 hour and 45 minutes. I took my herbal medications beforehand, so I was pretty calm overall. There were a few times where my anxiety got bad, but it was manageable.I have dissolvable stitches in my gum which should fall out in 7-10 days. I'm very swollen and I'm still numb. It took 4 shots to get me completely numb before we started.He sent me home with pain medication and an antibiotic. I'm to expect some minor bleeding for about 4 days. The swelling can last from 2-3 weeks, but I was told to ice it at first to help the swelling go down.Since I have stitches in I had to re-schedule my next appointment with Dr. C. which was originally tomorrow. I'm going to see him in early June instead, because that's the soonest he can see me for my crown.I'm really tired now. I'll probably try and take a nap later today. At least I don't work until Friday, so I have some time to rest and recover.I feel like I'm in shock emotionally. I thought I'd feel relieved, but I feel sad. I don't know why. It's hard to explain. There's no particular thought involved but when I ask myself how do I feel, my response is tired and sad. I know that must sound odd, but that's my main emotion right now. I do feel some sense of relief, but I know this will be a hard recovery, so maybe that's why I'm sad.I had a lot of stitches put in. Seeing him stitch up my gum kind of freaked me out. It was just really weird seeing someone put stitches in your mouth.Overall I'm glad it's all over. Just wish my emotions were more what I expected. Why do I feel like I'm in shock? Shouldn't I be happy and relieved right now?Thanks again to everyone for your support.JJ
  11. Hi Lauryn. Thank you for your support. Yes this is the dental thing again. My ongoing drama. I have two appointments coming up on two back to back days. The 18th I go to see the specialist for a consultation and if he thinks it's necessary a dental surgery to fix a tooth. A tooth that had a root canal 1 month ago is hurting again. My dentist wants me to see the specialist for treatment. Then I see my dentist the next day for a crown. I'll probably be in each appointment about 2 hours. I just wish my teeth would behave. Thanks to everyone for your support.
  12. I'm on the verge of tears right now. It's been 3 days straight of anxiety, panic attacks, nightmares, flashbacks and just overwhelming emotions. I need a break. Doesn't my mind know when I can't handle anymore?
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