I finally got my bottom molar pulled after I had rescheduled the appointment three or four times. Everything just seemed wrong about the other dates, and this one seemed right. It was probably just me, but what can I say? I believe in those kinds of things. I didn’t want to do it on those days so I didn’t.
There was lots of stuff going on with me, but the tooth is out now, Dr. V was great and the whole mess didn’t cost me as much as I thought it would. So I’m very pleased.
Here’s the story: I first set up an appointment with another dentist but I think he was scared of me or something. He said it was the worst tooth he’d ever seen — and that just added to my anxiety. He made it seem like this was all going to be a big mess. I expected the worst and decided to forget it. But it had to be done, so I called Dr. V on the recommendation of a friend. That turns out to have been a very good decision.
At Dr. V’s office, he made me feel welcome and at home, and told me that the extraction wouldn’t be a problem. I came back when he asked me to and it took like 10 minutes. No swelling or pain or anything. I didn’t need much of the pain meds either. The injection was easy. There was no digging like the other guy said there would be and it couldn’t have been easier. I don’t know how the first dentist could have been so wrong.
The tooth was all eaten away under an old silver filling and that’s why it had to go. Otherwise I would have considered something like a root canal or an implant or something, but I just wanted this all out of there and the hole closed up, which Dr. V did. The tooth was actually solid and in one piece, but under there was rotten stuff on all four sides. Dr. V showed it to me, and that made me very glad it was out.
I’ve had some other medical problems lately that I won’t go into and I didn’t want to have a tooth messing up my life. I’m not in a place where I can afford to have an infection.
I took my crystals with me for courage and anxiety and they seemed to help me, but Dr. V’s attitude helped more than anything else. He’s a friendly and really outgoing guy who seems to really like what he’s doing. And he’s been doing it 20 or 30 years or something, so knows his job.
I know I’ll have to do something about replacing that tooth if I want to be able to eat correctly, but Dr. V said I can deal with that whenever I’m ready. I’m just so glad to get rid of all the rotting stuff so I can get on with my life. I have a compromised immune system and need to be really careful.
The dentist promises that he can show me how to keep my remaining teeth healthy and he said that I only have one or two other small problems that need fillings. So if I’m lucky, I won’t have to have another extraction. But if anything at all happens to my teeth, this is the dentist that will get to fix them.
You must be logged in to post a comment.