And I'm trying to make lemonade, but it's still tasting a little sour.
I had a dental appointment today. I went with the intention of having them pull a tooth. My new doctor is a very kind and gracious man. I believe he has my best interests in mind, but of course the two cuss words had to be mentioned: root and canal. No way Jose'! I will never, EVER have another root canal done. Bad, bad experience. What he did suggest was chiropractic treatment for my neck and jaw. He thinks that might be contributing to the problem. It totally makes sense. After being in a car accident about nine years ago, having the root canal two and a half years ago (which required me to have my mouth held open for several hours at a time for five different appointments) and jarring my teeth after a fall last winter, he says it's like walking with a limp, only in my mouth.
On top of that, he wants me to see a specialist to assess the previous root canal as well as seeing if he could save the current tooth problem by repairing and crowning. Why does it have to be so complicated? Just pull the tooth already!
Seriously, I get where he's coming from. Save the tooth at all costs. But the assessment alone is going to cost around $300. just to tell me whether I need to redo the root canal, and whether I need one on the darn tooth that started all of this. $300 buckaroos. I think not.
So this is the end result of my appointment. I walked out with a prescription for antibiotics because it appears that I have a sinus infection that is affecting the things going on in my mouth. I'm not big on taking antibiotics, but I'm going to bite the bullet and get her done. I'll beef up on probiotics after these have done their job and get my gut flora back on track.
I think at this point I will have nothing to lose by going the chiropractic route and investing the assessment money back into possibly repairing the tooth rather than pulling it. We'll see.
Grumpy post, I know. Maybe when I wake up tomorrow the lemonade will be sweeter!
It's All Good! (Really)