My dentist has been closed since the beginning of the quarantine and is opening back up. I know I need a lot of work. I’ve got several cavities and a pimple on one of my gums. I don’t like the dentist in the best of times. The idea of having to go at all gives me the heebie-jeebies. Going more than once…nah. Can I get all of these done at once?
You certainly aren’t alone in your feelings about the dentist. Many people would rather be anywhere else. I have great news for you, though. You can likely get all of this taken care of in just one appointment. Not only that, but you can do it in an anxiety-free way.
I suggest you see a dentist who offers dental sedation. If you get something like oral conscious sedation, you will likely sleep through your entire appointment. Many patients who suffer from dental anxiety find this completely changes their lives. However, you should know it is so strong that you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment as well as stay with you for a few hours afterward, until you are lucid and steady on your feet.
One thing I am concerned about is the pimple on your gums. This is known as a tooth abscess and is evidence of a dental infection. These are considered dental emergencies. So, even though you don’t fancy going to the dentist, this isn’t something you should put off.
Dental infections have to be physically removed by a dentist either by a root canal treatment or, if the tooth is too far gone, a tooth extraction. If it isn’t treated in one of these two ways, it will continue to spread, even after being treated with an antibiotic. This is a mistake too many people make. If you think about how close your jaw is to your heart, lungs, and brain you can understand why you don’t want to let this spread.
If it does turn out that your tooth cannot be saved and needs to be extracted, you should talk to your dentist about getting it replaced with a dental implant. If I had to replace a tooth, it is the replacement I would want.
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