I tend to avoid the dentist like the plague. No offense but I have never had a good dental experience. I had a back tooth start hurting me a while back. I ignored it and eventually it went away. I noticed this morning when I was brushing my teeth, some brown bits on my toothbrush. I had my wife take a look and there is a huge cavity back there. What do I do to fix the tooth?
I am sorry to hear about your experiences with the dentist. After we address your tooth, I’ll give you some help in getting pain-free dental appointments. First, let’s get to that tooth of yours. If the decay is so bad that it is visible and starting to crumble, you are going to need a dental crown in order to save the tooth. The dentist will remove enough tooth structure to make sure there is no decay and that the crown can fit around your tooth. Hopefully, you will get to the dentist in time for just needing a tooth restoration and it can still be saved. If it cannot be saved, then your only option will be a tooth extraction and replacement. If that happens, I am going to recommend you get a dental implant for your replacement. This will be the closest thing to having a healthy, natural tooth again.
As to the experiences you’ve had, yes, there are some rough dentists out there. This can lead to dental anxiety, which keeps people away from the dental care they need. There are dentists who understand what you’ve been through and want to help you have positive experiences at the dentist so that you can have the best oral health possible….and keep all your teeth.
I would look for a sedation dentist. They will not judge how long it has been since you have seen a dentist. Even better, they have medication that can completely relax you and enable you to have an anxiety-free as well as a pain-free dental appointment. If you find someone who offers oral conscious sedation (sometimes called sleep dentistry), you can get a ton of work done at each appointment, all while sleeping through it. It’s administered by a simple pill. The only downside is you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment as well as stay with you for a few hours until you are lucid and steady on your feet again.
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