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January 26, 2004

My wrath has been incurred. Remember when I wrote about my "cool" visit to the dentist back in November? Well, a couple weeks ago, I started getting some twinges of pain on the left side of my mouth. I went to the Dentist and he said it was probably cracked teeth -- something that can happen at times with fillings. I wasn't real happy with that, since he was the one who had put the fillings in, and since they were largely preemptive. But he said I could try to wait and see if the cracks fill in, and if not, I'd probably need a crown. I decided to wait. I'm a tough guy.So, I've been in pain since then. At times the pain is paralyzing. It's now more frequent, coming when I talk for more than a few seconds, or when I eat anything. I finally called the dentist again this morning, and now they're thinking possible root canals. I did some research and now I'm more upset. Here are a few links on what root canals are for (since I didn't really know):

Apparently, I should be eager to begin the root canal process (look near the bottom of the link). I don't think I'm buying it. Plus, I'm worried now about the dentist's qualifications. Several of these articles say it is performed by an endodontist, and while most general dentists have some training in the area, they often send out to a specialist. I'm assuming he's just going to do it himself, and I'm worried he might screw it up. Maybe I'm paranoid now, but I also have cause. I mean, will I still be able to date after this?

Posted by charr at 1:55 PM
Reader Comments

I know this is on a tangent, but take a look at the size of the image on the AAE page:The thing is 1578 x 2646 pixels and 1.6 MB (1,662,503 bytes)I wrote about the actual size of an image not being what you can see on the page, and this is a prime example.Think of the poor dial-up users.

Posted by dan at January 26, 2004 4:23 PM

By the way, the, image I'm referring to is the tooth.According to the web page speed report the page would take over five minutes to load on a 56K modem.

Posted by dan at January 26, 2004 4:31 PM

Even worse are those dial-up users who wait for the image and then find out they need a root canal. Anyway, I'm going in tomorrow to see what all needs to be done.

Posted by Cameron at January 26, 2004 4:43 PM

You have my sympathies - mouth pain is absolutely unbearable. Definitely find another dentist, preferably that endodontist. There's just no reason to risk another mistake with the same dentist, that's just asking for trouble. As for still being able to date, I don't think it'll be a problem. :)

Posted by Heather at January 26, 2004 4:44 PM

You haven't posted anything about women recently. Have you not been dating, or have you just got things all figured out now? ;)

Posted by Levi at January 26, 2004 10:22 PM

Ouch. I did not need to read this: I have a dentist appointment for two fillings and a cap next month. Why would you be worried about dating after this? Do your dates check your teeth before going out with you? :) (I've seen this done with horses and dogs before they're purchased...)

Posted by Jan at January 27, 2004 6:05 AM

I say yank 'em all and get dentures.

Posted by Renee at January 27, 2004 8:50 AM

Well, I'm back and I didn't get a root canal. In fact, I think the secretary got in trouble for getting me "worked up" about a root canal. However, I did make him think about giving me one. He pretty much left it as a last resort and said he'd send me out to a root canal specialist before doing one if it got worse. It was a pretty good trip though. I got to watch The Italian Job as he worked, and the hygenist was a total babe, though I of course didn't ask her out. Basically, he did some tests and was left entirely stumped about what was causing the pain. He gave me some free X-rays, but they didn't show anything abnormal. He told me to just let it go for a while longer to see if it would show more symptoms. I wasn't real pleased with that suggestion, and he decided to pull out the laser and closely examine the tooth giving me the most trouble. What he found was basically an invisible cavity -- one with a micro-hole in the enamel, but which spread out into the dentin part of the tooth. I had him go ahead and put in a filling, but not without a lot of questions. As he did it, he explained each step, and I was satisfied.The numbness has worn off, and I still get an occasional twinge of pain, but we'll see if it's better or not. If not, maybe this is my cue to ask out the hygenist.

Posted by Cameron at January 27, 2004 6:32 PM

And Levi, I realize I haven't provided the enjoyment of publishing my love life recently, but that's because there's nothing to report. I still go on at least a date a month, but there hasn't really been anything of interest to report. Perhaps next month.

Posted by Cameron at January 28, 2004 9:22 AM

"a date"? Boy, you need to step it up if you expect to find your E.C.

Posted by Renee at January 28, 2004 11:13 AM

"A date" at least tells me I'm still active. Perhaps active like a sloth, but active. The fact is, there is nothing (as in girls I'd want to ask out) around me. I'm currently in set-up mode, since I've pretty much exhausted my own finding pool.

Posted by Cameron at January 28, 2004 1:25 PM

Renee, I think you're sending mixed messages here. Earlier you said Cameron should pull all his teeth out and get dentures. Now you say that he needs to date more. If he follows your first advice, he may have problems following the second. Just saying.And there's nothing wrong with a date a month. There's absolutely nothing wrong with being picky or careful. So there. :)(Psst. Cameron, at least you're actively dating.)

Posted by Jan at January 28, 2004 1:30 PM

Cameron, I'm quite surprised. I got the impression that you were the new Don Juan. I recall several comments where you boasted of juggling 5 women at once. What made the change?

Posted by Mel at January 30, 2004 2:48 PM

Mel, maybe he ran out of women? Maybe his rep is well known. Hmmm...

Posted by Renee at January 30, 2004 3:30 PM

I think we should all get a chance to go on a date with Cameron and report on the experience in our blogs :)
P.S. I'm back from VA and I found a great apartment - hurray!

Posted by Ellen at January 30, 2004 6:14 PM

Mel, Renee is right. I ran out. I went on so many dates, that they kicked out of Provo. It appears my Don Juan Cameron (it kinda rhymes) days are over. Maybe that's all just a part of growing up.

Posted by Cameron at January 31, 2004 1:03 PM

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