Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's a Thanksgiving Miracle

Okay, that might be an overstatement. But I'm glad my dad pushed me to go get a second opinion on this tooth.

So if you recall, it felt a little something like this:

Which is bad since that particular tooth has given me a lot of trouble already. To make a long story short, I spent all day yesterday on the phone with dentists and endodontists and the insurance company. And by the end of the day the endodontist called to tell me I should pull the tooth.

The day before I was told I had to choose between a 4th root canal and pulling it.  I kind of freaked out.

And since I'd been getting different stories from the get-go, I decided to follow my dad's advice today and see another doc.

Doc #2 said he can't see anything wrong with the tooth, the root canal, or the surrounding teeth. He banged on everything and tested it and we talked about what had been done so far.

He thinks my tooth is okay but that I had a mild sinus infection that irritated it. (I have been congested in the last few weeks... totally kicking myself for not connecting the two.)  He said I should leave it alone.  He said pulling it at this point would be a rush to judgement, because we may find out nothing was wrong with the tooth.  He said if it's a sinus thing and the tooth is as it appears to be, pulling it out would be for nothing.


It appears my tooth is stronger than they thought. I'm supposed to keep taking the antibiotic to clear up whatever was bothering it (probably sinus related, and nobody thought to pursue that avenue until this morning).  I'm supposed to watch it and come back if it starts to hurt again.

I can stop planning my Thanksgiving/Residency/Christmas around a potential tooth pull slash hole in my mouth.

I can stop thinking about how awful a dental implant will be (for now.... it may come to that some day, but at least now I've talked to a couple of people).

I can think about FOOD tomorrow, which is as it should be, right?

I am incredibly thankful. Like, crazy thankful.

Let's eat.


  1. Awesome news Aitch!! Do some work on the Thanksgiving grub tomorrow!

  2. I should get the opinion of my dad too...he is a dentist - so let me know!


  3. LOL Glad to hear you got it all worked out. Angry teeth can be a pain (No pun intended).