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  1. Feeling exhausted just thinking about everything I have to do tomorrow. Probably will spend most of the morning on the phone. Trying to get in touch with a bunch of different offices. My day will be planned around one thing in particular, but I'm waiting for an email tomorrow morning to tell me if it can be done locally or if I have to go to the next town over. The next town over is much larger and a lot of offices are there. JJ
  2. Congrats on your new job!! : )

  3. Very tired right now.

  4. Very tired right now. Have to get to bed early tonight. It's going to be a busy week. Lots of appointments and other things in preparation for starting my new job. JJ
  5. Still having some pain and sensitivity in the tooth that had the rct on Thursday. I'm sure this is normal, but I hope it subsides soon. Can't take any strong prescription pain killers until after my drug test on Monday. I don't want to do anything to accidentally foul that up. Good night all. JJ
  6. Not doing too well right now. My stomach has been upset for a couple of hours now. I think I'm finally getting side effects from this antibiotic. JJ
  7. Got a job offer yesterday and I accepted. I'm excited to start soon.

    1. callisto


      I got one too!!! We're job twins! Congrats, I hope it'll be good for you and you'll like it. :)

  8. Tired right now. Just spent a couple of hours online filling out paperwork for my new job. I'll be busy next week. Have to verify I have all my immunizations and get a current physical examination with my primary doctor. Plus a drug screen, which is always fun, right? A lot of red tape basically. JJ
  9. Hi Didi768. Thanks for your support and prayers. It means a lot to me. I agree with you on the cost. My rcts have all been expensive, because they've all been on molars. I think it was cheaper than my others, even though I paid out of pocket. I have to look at some old bills to verify. It turns out that the town I live in even though it's a medium sized town, everything here is high cost. I have no idea why, although we do have a high 'rich' population. The town I had this rct done in is a much larger city. The cost of everything is always much lower there. The receptionists told me yesterday that including myself there was 3 patients they saw just that morning that were from my town. That tells you something is way over priced. Either way, I love this doctor and I'd go back to him regardless of the cost. JJ
  10. I just want to say thank you to everyone on here. I've seen you're likes to my posts and your support really means the world to me. Outside of this site I often feel invisible, but you all help me to feel better. Right now I'm really tired. It's not late, but I am still fighting off what's left of this infection. I think the antibiotic makes me tired also. I'm heading to bed now. I hope everyone feels better. (((Hugs all around.))) JJ
  11. I had an interview this morning. I've been offered a position and I accepted. Excited to start my new job soon. JJ
  12. Feeling pretty good right now. The tooth that had the rct done on it yesterday is feeling better and better. I'm so glad to be out of pain now. I had a job interview this morning and have been offered a position, so I'm thrilled about that. In a little bit here I'm going to meet a friend and we'll see a movie together. JJ
  13. I got through my root canal treatment with my new endodontist today. So glad to be out of pain from the infected tooth finally. A week or so of recovery and I'll be as good as new. JJ
  14. Hi Kaniro. Thanks for your reply and support. I'm glad the procedure helped also. I didn't feel brave though. I'm just glad my anxiety wasn't as bad as it could've been. Thanks. JJ
  15. Hi Mulberrypie. Thanks for your reply and support. I'm glad it went well also. I'm glad that I found this doctor now. If I ever need this type of work done again, I'll go back to him. I was worried about them not doing the procedure, but my symptoms spoke for themselves. When you're in the kind of pain that I've been in for the last 3 weeks, there's no hiding it. Doctors know that's not normal, so they make an effort to find out what the problem is, even if that means a referral to a specialist. That's something I learned about rcts a long time ago. Today was my 5th rct in a 3-4 year period. They've all been on molars. The thing to remember is that the procedure will take away the pain. The worst part of it for me in the past was the anxiety and keeping my mouth open for so long. I know keeping your mouth wide open for a 1 1/2 to 2 hour period is hard for everyone, but for me it's always been really difficult due to my jaw problems. I won't get into that right now, but my jaw problems were from birth. I had an over bite and a cross bite that had to be corrected surgically. I had the surgery in July 2014. I now have 4 titanium plates and I think about 16 screws holding both of my jaws in place permanently. I also had all 4 wisdom teeth removed (2 impacted) and 4 other teeth removed as part of my adult braces treatment, because my mouth was over crowded. You're right. The waiting is hard. The waiting is when your mind runs away with you and tells you all the worst case scenarios. JJ
  16. Hi Novangel. Thank you. I'm so relieved to have it done now and be out of pain. I learned a long time ago that rcts really do have a bad reputation, but it's not an accurate one. My problem before was having a rough and uncompassionate doctor. Now that I found a doctor I can work with rcts are pretty easy. I never thought I'd say that. I agree that seeing a specialist is better. They know all the tricks, so to speak. I agree with you also that it should always be a good experience. I don't care what dental work a person is having done, but it should be done by a compassionate doctor and one who is skilled and knows what they're doing. My last endodontist came highly recommended by several doctors for his skill. He really needs to work on his chair side manner though. Something I've been learning these past few months since I met my new dentist, Dr. R., is that yes I've had a lot of traumatic dental experiences with not so great doctors, but that is not normal. My experiences were exceptions to the rule. Dr. R. and I both agree that we're working together to make new memories. Good memories about dental visits, so that the good memories will replace the old, bad memories. In time this will help to heal the trauma. JJ
  17. Glad to finally have had my root canal treatment done and to be out of pain. Only a little discomfort after the procedure, but I feel so much better now. Also happy that I finally found a specialist (endodontist) that I can work with. He was great. So gentle and patient with me. JJ
  18. Hi everyone. I'm sorry I didn't make it on here sooner. Well, I got home from my appointment a couple of hours ago. Had to stop at the pharmacy once I got back to town. Was there for about 40 minutes. Had to return some phone calls when I got home. I have a job interview tomorrow morning. Today was an interesting experience. I left the house real early and got gas in the car. Then got on the freeway and drove an hour to my appointment. I'm so thankful I had my GPS. I would've gotten lost without it. Dr. G's office is in a large business complex. The buildings weren't marked too well, but I found the correct building easily enough. I love the set up of his building and office. The outside is designed like a garden. So beautiful and calming. I got to his office door and for a second I almost lost my nerve and wanted to go home. Then the pain I was in reminded me that I needed to go in. I walked inside. There's two receptionists/billing ladies. I told them I was there early for my 11 am appointment with the doctor and I gave them my completed forms. I printed them out last night and filled them out ahead of time. I also gave her the x-ray that Dr. R. had sent me with and my referral slip. There was a couple more quick forms for me to sign. Nothing major, just the usual consents. I asked for the bathroom right away and the girl told me where it was. Then she said I could have a seat in the waiting area. The waiting area is really nice too. There's at least two or three indoor waterfalls scattered throughout the office. One when you come in and one in the waiting room. The waiting room looked more like someone's living room than a doctor's waiting room. It had a very homey feeling to it and the couches were comfortable. There was a lady there waiting for a patient. They called her back shortly and not long after I was called back by the assistant. I had taken my herbal anti-anxiety medications before I left. Took as much as was allowed of each. I was still really nervous though. The assistant took me to the treatment room. I sat down and she put the paper bib on me. She told me to get comfortable and the doctor would be in soon. After she left I got up and got Paul and my stress ball. Then I sat back down and waited. I think I was waiting about 15 or 20 minutes before the doctor came in. I was so nervous. Waiting is one of the hardest things for me. Dr. G. came in and we introduced ourselves. He asked me what brought me in and I explained the situation. Told him my symptoms and the duration and their progression. He wasn't surprised. They were the typical root canal symptoms. He leaned me back and told me he was going to take a look. He had me bite down on the soft end of a q-tip and also on a gauze roll. Both of those tests hurt a lot. He tested both 30 and 31, but 31 was the only one that reacted. Then he took an x-ray of #31. He said that it was definately infected. He said it was getting slowly infected. Not sure how he knew that. Dr. G. told me that I definately need a root canal treatment on #31. He asked me if I wanted to do it now or later. I said now please. He already knew that I was in a lot of pain. He told me the procedure itself would only take 20 minutes. I was surprised when he said this. I didn't know that was possible. He said ok. Let's get you numbed up. I hated this part. I always hate it. They used a vibrator of some kind while giving me the shots, but I don't think it helped. The first two shots hurt like heck. The second two I didn't feel as much. Those first two shots made me cry out a bit and they really hurt. He gave me four in a row. One right after the other. This was a new approach for me. He said he was going to let me have some time to get really numb and that he'd be back shortly. He and his assistant left the room then. I was alone for about 20 minutes. I almost got up and got my CD player, but decided against it. I did get up to put on my sunglasses though. My herbal medications were kicking in pretty well by then and I started to feel really tired. I closed my eyes for a few minutes to rest, but didn't doze off, although I probably could've. They had some really soft piano music playing in the background. It was very relaxing. My room had a large window overlooking an outdoor waterfall with a koi pond. Very beautiful looking. I watched outside and saw the fish and a little squirrel who must live nearby. I was feeling pretty relaxed and calm by the time Dr. G. and his assistant came back in. The only thing that had bothered me was drilling sounds from another treatment room and then just the waiting. I was really numb by the time he came back in. He said you should be feeling good and numb by now and I said I was. We were ready to get started. He tested my tooth with some of that ice they use first and asked me if I felt anything. I said no. He put the bracket for the rubber dam on my tooth and then put the rubber dam on me and situated it with the frame. I decided to try the procedure without my CD player and head phones. I was surprised to see how well I did without it. He asked me to open wide and he got started. There was very little drilling throughout the entire procedure which really surprised me. After he'd cleaned out the canals he stopped and took another x-ray. He said that I was doing well and that we had 10 minutes left, so halfway through. I couldn't believe it. After he was satisfied with what he saw in the x-ray, he continued. I saw him use the files and that funny vibrating machine that shapes the canals. I kept comparing in my mind all the stages and what he did compared to my last root canal treatment. Everything was the same and being done in the same order, but done much more quickly and efficiently. He also used one of those operating microscopes during the whole procedure. I wasn't tipped back too far either which helped. I wasn't able to see his face very much while he worked. Normally I feel like the doctor is right in my face. I saw him put in the fillings and seal up the tooth. The last thing he did was too file the filling down with the drill to avoid sharp edges. Then I saw him taking off the rubber dam and he put my chair back in the upright position. He said we're all done. The procedure went well and was successful. I was stunned. I thanked him and his assistant. He told me about the medications that he was giving me and gave me some after care instructions. Just the standard stuff. He thanked me and left. The nurse told me I was all ready to go. I told her I couldn't believe how fast it was. I spent an hour and a half in the office total. An hour of it was in the chair, but only 20 minutes was the actual work on the tooth. My jaw got a bit sore towards the end of the procedure, but not nearly as bad as it normally does. The worst part of the whole procedure was the numbing shots. I couldn't believe it. I also wasn't nervous like I usually am. I think the atmosphere of the office combined with the doctor's chair side manner really made the difference. I will definately go back to Dr. G. if the need arises again. Dr. G. gave me some prescriptions for medications. He wants me to finish my Amoxicillin and gave me a prescription to take some more in addition to what Dr. R. gave me. Apparently the infection was pretty bad. He also gave me prescription strength Ibuprofen and another pain killer. I can't remember the name off hand. I went up front and paid. I also told the girls up front how quick and easy the procedure was. They weren't surprised, but were glad that it went well for me. Then I drove back to town and went to get my medications at the pharmacy. Was at the pharmacy for 40 minutes or so. Dr. G. was wonderful with me. He's very gentle and patient. He's not rough with the work like my last endodontist was. Dr. G. genuinely cares about his patients and their comfort. He really put a lot of work into figuring out how to help people. I'm not sure what the secret is to making the procedure so short, but I love it. If only I'd known about it a couple of years ago. One thing that I noticed after was that Dr. G. didn't destroy the whole crown of the tooth like other doctors do. He was conservative and only drilled away what he needed to in order to access the tooth's roots. My filling on this tooth was much smaller than my previous rct fillings are. The anesthetic lasted about 4 hours and was wearing off by the time I got home. I took an Ibuprofen right away and a regular strength Tylenol not long after that. I've found that the key to procedures like this is to know about how long to expect pain and never let yourself feel all the pain. Always take medicine even before the last dose wears off. I expect to be a little sore and tender for a week or so, but that's normal. Not sure when I'll be able to get my crown. I'll just be careful in the mean time. I'm just so happy to have it done and to be out of pain now. The discomfort from after the procedure was nothing compared to the pain I had before. I'm already feeling better and hopefully soon the antibiotic will have completely gotten rid of the infection. I think that's all the update for now. Thanks again for all of your support. JJ
  19. Hi. Good morning to all. I really appreciate you being here to support me. Thanks for the kind words and advice. I need to leave in about 10 minutes here, but I'm all ready and going nuts because it's too early to go yet. Since it's a bit of a drive, I'll get gas in the car first and then head out. I imagine I'll be back on here around 2 pm my time. I'll update you later. Thanks again. JJ
  20. Hi Novangel. I won't argue with you there because honestly I don't know. One tooth has the dark areas around the root tips and this is the infected tooth. Then the x-ray shows it around the side of the tooth in front of it. Dr. R. explained this to me and said that it was spreading to the other tooth. I agree that I do need treatment. I hope that Dr. G. understands that when I see him tomorrow. We'll do an evaluation first and then if he determines it necessary (which I think/hope he will) we'll do the complete root canal treatment in one sitting tomorrow. I really hope this is an easy black and white diagnosis for him. It sounds like the only concern is which tooth or both teeth and which one to work on first. I'm not sure what's going on with the antibiotics. They don't seem to have helped at all. I've been on them 4 days now. I agree that going with an endodontist is a good choice. My issue is trusting a doctor I've never met before. As for pain during the procedure, I agree partially. I'm difficult to get numb and keep numb, so I always need extra pain medication for procedures like this. I also have TMJ jaw pain and other jaw problems that cause me pain throughout the procedure. I realize that I'm a special case in this way. Once you're numb, you shouldn't feel a thing. I've tried using bite blocks, but they only make my jaw pain worse. My jaw will be a mess for about 2 weeks after this procedure. It's typical for me. Thanks again. JJ
  21. Hi RatBoy. Thanks for your reply and support. Yes, actually the information did help to ease my anxiety a bit. Dr. R. is also very good at putting me at ease. I have no idea how he does it. JJ
  22. Thank you for your support and prayers Didi. It means a lot to me. JJ
  23. My emotions and nerves are shot right now. I have my root canal treatment appointment tomorrow at 11:00 am. I have to leave the house at 9:00 am to get gas in the car and then drive an hour there. I want to make sure I'm there early, because I've never been there before and I don't want to get lost and be late. JJ
  24. I made it through another dentist appointment today with my general dentist. Can't believe I've seen my dentist 3 times in the last two weeks now. JJ
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