Recently, one of my teeth’s cavity grew so big, it apparently affected my nerves and I had to do a root canal treatment (aka endodontic) to “save” the tooth.
Basically what it means is that the dentist will remove the nerves in that tooth, so after the treatment, the tooth would be ‘dead’ as in, I can’t feel anything anymore (only on that tooth).
It was nerve-wrecking. (get it get it? HAHA!)
It was mostly my fault, because I left it alone for far too long.
Anyway, I only left it alone for so long because it didn’t hurt, only occasionally. Which added to the confusion to whether I needed a root canal treatment. I think for most cases it will actually hurt, thus people usually seeking immediate treatment.
I dealt with 2 dentists. The first one, hereby known as the Annoying Dentist, told me I most likely needed root canal, and that he could see my nerves moving wtf (for all I know they might as well be dancing).
But in order to save my tooth (“aiyo she’s still so young, very wasted. we try to save the tooth first“), he filled the cavity with medicinal temporary filling and told me to come back in 2 weeks if it hurts for root canal, or 4 weeks if it doesn’t for a permanent filling, which he stressed again and again, was highly unlikely. (“I don’t think it can be saved, she 90% has to do the treatment already“, well thanks for the encouragement!)
So the problem with that was, it really didn’t hurt at all! He warned me that it may hurt after the numbing effect goes away, and even gave me panadol for pain relief, but I never once touched it. Sure, that tooth feels ‘empty’ or ‘hollow’, or even a little sensitive sometimes, but it never did really hurt like a normal toothache.
So that’s good, right? Probably don’t need root canal treatment, which he quoted for RM1000 +++ for my pre-molar tooth. (apparently around RM500 for each nerve, and pre-molar has 2) But even though I really didn’t want the treatment, I was also thinking that even if I don’t do it now, I will probably have to in the future, so maybe I should just do it now.
So anyway, we decided to go back to the dentist we normally go to in PJ. We figured why not, right? Another opinion, probably cheaper, and no annoying dentists!
The dentist basically just said I needed root canal without me telling him the whole drama (more on the drama later) I went through. I think I only told him that when I had rendang the day before, it did hurt for a while wtf hahaha.
So the PJ dentist quoted the treatment for RM500, half the Annoying Dentist’s price! We just started the treatment right away and it only took one more visit to complete! Man, best dental clinic ever.
The dentist gave me some numbing thing so it didn’t hurt at all. But the sound of the tools my dentist used was terrifying. You can hear the sound, but you don’t know what exactly he’s doing! You also never know if this time this one would actually hurt! At one point I couldn’t take it anymore and plugged in earphones hahahahaha.
Also, no pain after both visits, although this dentist also warned me about the pain and that it might be really painful. But nope, nothing came, so uhm, yeah, thanks for the warning I guess.
AND NOW I’M A FREE BITCH BABY! (Couldn’t resist Gaga reference)
Thankfully, I didn’t have to do crowning. That would incur additional cost and my dad might get a heart attack if he hears the quoted price of root canal treatment + crowning.
More about the Annoying Dentist
This dude spoke to me like I’m a child, not in a caring way.
Then when it comes to the more technical stuffs like explaining root canal and the treatment he confused the fuck out of me.
Also, he knocked on my teeth PRETTY HARD and asked me if they hurt.
For the problematic tooth, when I said IT DOES NOT HURT he freaking knocked on it harder WTF, and did this several times, each time harder. WTF. DUDE. IT DOESN’T HURT, BUT YOU KNOCKED SO HARD IT HURTS FROM YOUR KNOCKING!!! And you already told me I might need root canal how dare you knock on that precious tooth harder.
He also never took off his mask, which only made him creepier and more annoying, if that combination is even possible.
I’ve never got so annoyed with a doctor/dentist prior. I think you’re supposed to be scared of them.
The Long Story, 3 dental clinics and 4 dentists
I already had a filling for that tooth previously. At one point, I thought that the filling fell out. (It was so long ago by now I don’t know if I imagined it or if it actually happened, but I THINK the filling fell out wtf.)
But I didn’t get it fixed. I relied on flossing every night, which apparently wasn’t enough.
Also, it never did hurt. Only once in a while when perhaps peanuts get stuck (TMI sorry). The lack of pain was too deceiving.
But when I told my dad he insisted that I go to the government dental clinic because each visit only cost RM1 and even the treatments are only RM5 or RM15.
He told me that I had to to make appointment before they can actually check. When he said that, I delayed for another few months because mannn, so many trips! My time is precious (and I’m lazy). Also didn’t help that I didn’t know where it was and how to get there. So there, another few months gone.
Maybe it was when my tooth started hurting more often, or it could also be that I FINALLY ‘woke up’, but I FINALLY went to the clinic. The first time with my brothers and apparently I could just come back on Thursday without an appointment for check up wtf. Then with Kritz on Thursday hahaha, you can really tell that I didn’t want to go alone.
The 1st dentist said, other teeth are all fine, just need to fill the problematic one as soon as possible. And she recommended that I go to a private dentist because the earliest appointment available would be 1 and a half to 2 months later.
So that was the 1st dental clinic and dentist.
So okay, I went to the Annoying Dentist (2nd dental clinic and dentist) near my house because my dad suggested that one.
Holy shit imagine my surprise, shock, panic and fear when the Annoying Dentist told me I needed root canal treatment. I was very “WTF I THOUGHT I JUST NEEDED A FILLING WTF ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT”.
Naturally, I freaked out and nearly cried in his office, stopped myself because I really didn’t want to cry in front of this Annoying Dentist.
And remember when I said I thought the filling fell off? Annoying Dentist still managed to scrape out a lot of filling and holy shit the cavity IS huge. So maybe just part of the filling fell off, if anything.
Due to the contrasting analyses, and Annoying Dentist’s price tag, I went back to the government one to check again, where another dentist there (1st dental clinic, 3rd dentist) basically just agreed with the Annoying Dentist and asked me to trust my dentist wtf okay. Also, that they don’t do root canal there, so shit.
I actually made appointment twice with the Annoying Dentist only to cancel them later haha, cause we finally decided on going back to the PJ one (3rd dental clinic and 4th dentist).
SO MUCH FOR ONE TOOTH WTF MAN.