As I posted last week, I had a very bad experience with my dentist. I called my endodontist (who is awesome) to complete the root canal. I went in this morning to have it completed. As I sit here at home, still numb (he used quite a bit of novacaine), I'm thinking about the difference in the procedure between the two. An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in root canals. Why didn't I think to go to him when I found out I needed one? My intuition told me to be weary of my dentist who had decided to dabble in everything including orthodontics, pulling wisdom teeth and of course, the infamous root canals. Ultimately, he ended up not being great at anything, including appropriate bedside manner.
My experience this morning was night and day to the dentist. You could just tell that my endodontist knew what he was doing and had competent staff who knew what they were doing.(They only needed to take one picture and made no mistakes doing so). He talked me through everything he was doing in a very calm manner. The fact that he was taking his time and not rushing through the procedure left me with the feeling that I was the only patient in the office (even though I wasn't), and gave me the feeling of security and confidence that I was being treated with care. The only time he left the room was when I was getting a picture of the tooth. He was back within seconds after it had been taken to actually show me the picture and what was done.
I have since found out that crowns should not be put on cracked teeth until you see an endodontist to make sure a root canal is not needed. As it is now, I have a huge whole in a brand new crown, and nearly 3 weeks of pain associated with bad dentistry. (All the Advil I have taken can't be great for my health either). I was very grateful that this happened to me, and not to one of my children who may not have spoken up. I know better now.
Because I only have a temporary filling in my tooth now, I must find a new dentist within a week. I have a lot of referrals, so I will take on the arduous task of finding a good dentist for our family, and hopefully COMPLETE this procedure. Finally.