Well i didnt have the exact same scenario BUT my story is this: i was eating popcorn and the kernels were stuck in the back of my teeth so when i stuck my finger in my mouth to remove it (yes, i know very unladylike) i realized part of my tooth was missing so i scheduled an appointment ASAP and my dentist drilled my tooth to clean it out since it was pretty bad. he almost hit the nerve in my tooth because he was dangerously close. but he gave me some type of coating or medicine to make my tooth stronger and then i went back and had it removed and got it filled. just make sure if they drill that the are very careful!!!
Of all the luck, right before the New Year I broke my tooth. I was flossing and broke off a piece of my back tooth which had a filling. It was a small piece but still...
It surprisingly didn't hurt. I have to go the the dentist and he won't be in until Wed.
Anyone know what can I expect?
My fear of the dentist is so deep I need anesthesia just for an oral exam
The SAME THING happened to my fiance three weeks ago as he was eating pizza. He was more stunned that it didn't hurt than anything else. He also hates the dentist, but said the whole process was not that bad.
He had to wait a few days to be seen by a new dentist closer to where we now live. Turns out an old, large filling in that tooth had something to do with it -- causing the tooth to weaken further. *Thankfully*, the tooth had not weakened down to the root (if it had, a root canal would have been needed). They were able to drill out what remained of the old filling, put in a temporary crown/filling, and made a mold for a permanent piece. A week later the permanent crown/filling was back from the lab and put in.
I hate the dentist more than my fiance and need an anesthetic before I can even hear a drill buzzing. I think the trick is having a dentist you really like who can make the process more bearable. In fact, he raved so much about his new dentist that I went ahead and made an appointment.
I completely understand your fear! My grandfather was my dentist until he retired, and then I had to see someone else. The new dentist was awful, and I stopped going altogether until I too had broken a tooth. I considered begging my Grandfather to fix it, but I knew he didn't even have tools anymore, so I asked around for recommendations. I have found a good dentist now, and I am beginning to trust him. (He still isn't Grandpa!)
Since then I have been told there are dentists who specialize in nervous patients. It might be a good idea to look in your local listings and/or google. I know there are several dentists in the city I live in who specialize in extra-gentle and sensitive dentistry. It's worth looking into! Best of luck!
Harlem this is soo funny!! I Xmas Eve I broke off a piece of my back tooth!!
I just went to the dentist today. I am totally hysterically scared of needles, so the shots killed me. But after that it was fine. Just breathe alot, (I hold my breath) and take an ipod or something with, I with I had done that...to take up my time.
Sorry you have to go thru this. I feel for ya babe!