Recently, the filling from my lower left second molar came out. I had to look for a new dentist ’cause I was tired of the old one cancelling my appointments last minute due to “personal reasons.” I went to see the dentist that works in the same hospital as my mom – Dr. Abubakar. I was set to have my tooth removed, I was tired of the constant ache but then the dentist checked it out and suggested I get a root canal procedure done as opposed to having it removed. He went further and explained to me about root canals and how it’s the better option for my tooth but unfortunately the hospital he works at didn’t have the required equipments for the procedure so he referred me to his collegue dentist, Dr.Nurein.
Dr. Nurein is such a chill and passionate dentist to be honest. I’ve had a share number of run ins with dentist’s and I’m glad I finally found “The One” lol … I was a nervous wreck obviously ’cause needles are not pleasant but I liked the fact that he took his time to literally educate me on root canals. I asked questions (more like expressed my fears) and he answered each and every one of them. He put my anxious prone mind at ease by showing me a video of what is expected.
My first appointment was set on the 19th of December 2017 at 03:00 pm. I stay about one and a half hours away from the hospital and it being my first time visiting the hospital, I decided to leave the house early. My brother was kind enough to accompany me (that is code for I bribed him to take me). We were at Star Hospital by 01:00 pm, we walked around just to familiarise ourselves with the hospital which was quite small but organized and well equiped. Forty minutes later, we decided to go to the mall (my brother’s idea) so I decided to call Dr. Nurein just to let him know we had arrived and to confirm my appointment. Because we arrived early he decided to push the appointment forward and that was a plus for me, I just wanted to get over and done with it!
Basically, a root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomed infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
What Happened During the Root Canal Procedure
For the complete root canal procedure, I had three sessions scheduled on different days.
The first visit/appointment that was set on December 19th 2017. Dr. Nurein and his assistant, Mary, took an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine the signs of infection. They also had to use aneshthesia which I was grateful for ’cause I have a low tolerance for pain. Mary had this thing, they call a suction, inserted in my mouth every second to suck out saliva during treatment. I had my eyes closed all along; I didn’t want to see the equipments he was using and It was weird staring at his face while he drilled my teeth. After what felt like hours of drilling, he explained that the pulp along with bacteria was removed and the cleaning out process was done. Because the infection on the tooth ran so deep, he put medication inside the tooth to clear it up before temporary sealing it.
On my second appointment, which was on Saturday, January 13th 2018, he first had to clean it again — the period between my first and second visit was quite long due to the festive holiday — after cleaning he had to enlarge my nerves ’cause apparently mine are thin. While all this was done I was under aneshthesia so yay! to no pain, again. He used a “Cheeks spreader” this time around which was a bit uncomfortable.
Today, Monday 15th January 2018 was my last visit and boy am I glad!! This procedure was shorter but for some reasons I just wasn’t co-operative. My jaw couldn’t handle staying open for long and all I kept hearing was “Open wider” more drilling then I felt him insert things (didn’t care to ask what it was). Alot of things happened so fast but it was painless. Dr. Nurein had earlier explained that the permanent filling would be placed on the tooth to protect it, I guess that happened too.
How Painful is a Root Canal
Either my dentist is naturally great at his work or I was just too high on aneshthesia ’cause I kid you not, I didn’t feel the pain I expected to, based on other people’s experience.
My experience was perfect, I have no complains. Also cookies points for my dentist ’cause he’s been kind enough to fix me in his busy schedule since day one.
The service at Star Hospital was great and my new dentist, Dr. Nurein was excellent. For more information about root canal you can visit their website http://starhospital.net/services/dentalservices/index.html .Check them out on facebook http://www.facebook.com/starhospitalmalindi and google https://goo.gl/aCkVfC
Over To You …
Have you ever had a root canal? What was your experience like?
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