Will Have a re-check, thanks
I was thinking about the idea of having the oral surgeon maybe just have a look see--he said to call if I had any problems, questions, or concerns. So this falls into the category of concern. Again, no sinus drainage, fever, headaches, nothing. The site looks like it is healing very well. I am having a few twinges in my face still and on that side of my mouth in general...but it wouldn't hurt to have him take a look since things were so bad at the time of the extraction.
As I said, I am having more issues with my emotional well being, which I am addressing with great help all around. I have never been so emotionally debilitated--and up until now, have never had dental anxiety--but I can tell you, I have it now.
As for root canals...oy, where to start. I know I started down the road without so much as an iota of information, as I was in agony...they said they could save the tooth and that sounded great. Then I had like four in a row almost. The last two I had--I never recovered at all and the tooth was extracted within weeks of the treatment.
I think before you go down the road of root canal treatment--you need a real sit down with explanations of what is about to happen, what it costs, what the restoration costs, how long it may or may not last--and also--I think dentists need to stop and take a moment and spend more time reviewing the overall health of their patients. As a person with rheumatoid arthritis, a knee replacement, and also on immuno-suppressing drugs (well, currently, I am not on them during this crisis)...really root canals should be off the table. And in my humble opinion, so should implants (especially if, as I have, patients have had extensive steroid usage throughout their lives for RA flare-ups). I'm just saying.
So I had my rheumatologist send a note, which she was happy to do, to my dentist, concerning these issues. I wanted her to do this to back up my decision that there will be no more root canals, retreatments, no crowns, no permanent bridges...nature is going to take its course for me at this point. All around, I think it would be the best for my health. That means that I will be losing eventually the last 5 silver mercury filled teeth. Probably a good thing to get rid of the mercury anyhow. Ok fine. If they can then help me out with non-permanent partial dentures for a time...or whatever...but anyhow...I am getting ahead of myself here.
I think you get started with root canals because you are in agony--and that is no way to be making decisions. My former dentist never got ahead of any of my teeth going bad. My 6th month checkups were all, "Everything looks great!" In between that, I was waking up every 3-6 mos with tooth aches, then whisked to an endo for root canals. I never could get crowns because, the price of four root canals in a row...who has that kind of money? Then, when a silver filling went bad, he felt he could replace it with the white filling materials. Eighteen months later, abscess and extraction. This kind of got my attention and I started looking and found a new dental practice.
And then as it went along, it was like my body was rejecting the root canals--and they were extracted because of the pain that never resolved after the procedure.
I didn't mean to ramble on and on here--but it is actually therapeutic--and maybe will help someone else along the way. Your information on root canal is eye opening--and yes, people need to know. I guess if you are perfectly healthy, don't have a mouth filled with 30 year old silver/mercury fillings...you could weigh the pros and cons for yourself...but hey, do it before you've been up for a week with a toothache and waiting for an appointment...
Thanks for the help, again. And I will update as I progress--both with teeth healing and the return of emotional stability...