I think I’m going to have to go to the dentist this week. I’ve been putting this off for two and a half years. I really, REALLY don’t want to go. However, I’m at the point that I realize the giant cavity is winning.
I have a wonderful dentist. He really is pretty fantastic. He’s always been incredibly gentle and kind, and definitely keeps the scariness to a minimum. He even avoids making me feel even worse for being the worst possible patient on the planet. I’m really lousy at dental hygiene, mostly due to forgetfulness (I’m not intentionally bad, I honestly forget). Plus, whenever I get really stressed, the stress seems to attack my teeth before anything else. It’s a bad combination.
The thing is, I know that this cavity is going to require me to either have a root canal or have the tooth pulled. I don’t want to have the tooth pulled, but root canals are pretty much the most expensive thing on the planet. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but for me at the present it’s just not financially realistic to have one. Which means I’ll have to have the thing pulled. Which is why I’ve been living with the pain of a bad tooth for nearly 3 years.
It’s true, I may be a pain weenie, but when it comes down to it, I’m super stubborn. Stubborn to the point of stupidity. I had to take dental courses in vet tech school. I know what an abscessed tooth is, and why it’s a bad thing. I know that after 2.5 years, this tooth probably should have abscessed by now. Which means I’ve had a grace period, but with the pain level I’m currently at, I think that grace period is reaching its conclusion.
I just dread the thought of having another tooth pulled.