I was enoying a tasty, hearty, steak sandwich the other day – when I suddenly felt one of my teeth crunch uncomfortably into a slice of the chunky meat. It’s one of those unmistakable pains that you can only describe if you’ve experienced it yourself. Imagine putting a nail into your mouth and biting into it as hard as you possibly can….that’s kinda the feeling.
My first reaction was to just ignore it. Like most things which irritate the human body, it typically goes away with a good old fashioned ‘pain killer’ and a bit of time. 2 sleepless nights later, I realized I had to head to the Dentist…this was big.
They strapped me into the chair, wired my mouth open, did the examination and told me that I needed a Root Canal Surgery. He starting talking about ‘killing nerves’ ‘filling and pasting’ ‘potentially removing teeth’ ‘bleeding’….it sounded like I was about to go into a voluntary torture chamber. However, by this time, I really didn’t care if they had said they wanted to do brain surgery, I just needed this pain to stop – and immediately.
The Dentist leaned over and began the treatment. I started to hear those terrifying drills go to work in the core of my mouth. I don’t know what it is, but there is something about that sound which just sends shivers down even the most fearless of spines. I was dreaming of my I POD with some ultra loud music to drown out the horrifying noise.
An hour later he was done. I couldn’t feel anything on the left side of my jaw – but the pain had stopped. The first step was done. He killed the nerve that was causing the pain…….I felt alive again.
All in all, it seemed like a pretty routine ‘operation.’ I’m not sure why the dentist wanted to exaggerate the procedure – as there was nothing much to it – and nothing like the pain my brain had been painting with his masochistic words.
Moral of the story: don’t eat Steak Sandwiches……….(oh, and don’t get nervous if your dentist says the words ‘Root Canal’ and Surgery in the same sentence).