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Let's just say I have an "issue" with the dentist. Until recently I hadn't been to one for about 15 years. Then I broke my front tooth. I've only been to one of several dental appointments so far, but they basically tricked me into putting in a temporary replacement...which has already fallen back out. :mad: (I thought I was just getting checked out, I wasn't expecting any needles or drilling that day)

Two things that currently have me freaking out. The dentist said I may need gum surgery for the final replacement of my tooth, because there wasn't much of the old left to attach to. She didn't elaborate on what "gum surgery" means. She also said I may need a root canal.

Can somebody please tell me, in this modern age, how painful these two processes might be? Is it just a matter of the needle at the beginning being the worst part, and pretty much not feeling the rest?

I have some vague but bad childhood memories of having a root canal and ever since then I've been afraid of the dentist...
[QUOTE=BigBlock21;4041808]Let's just say I have an "issue" with the dentist. Until recently I hadn't been to one for about 15 years. Then I broke my front tooth. I've only been to one of several dental appointments so far, but they basically tricked me into putting in a temporary replacement...which has already fallen back out. :mad: (I thought I was just getting checked out, I wasn't expecting any needles or drilling that day)

Two things that currently have me freaking out. The dentist said I may need gum surgery for the final replacement of my tooth, because there wasn't much of the old left to attach to. She didn't elaborate on what "gum surgery" means. She also said I may need a root canal.

Can somebody please tell me, in this modern age, how painful these two processes might be? Is it just a matter of the needle at the beginning being the worst part, and pretty much not feeling the rest?

I have some vague but bad childhood memories of having a root canal and ever since then I've been afraid of the dentist...[/QUOTE]
Gum surgery in you case can be contouring the gum so that enough tooth structure is exposed to fit the crown. The dentist will numb the area by giving novocaine shot and just cut the gum according to shape of tooth and you will not feel anything. Even root canal treatment is not painful as it is done under novocaine shot. For second opinion you can google for free dental consultation online and dentist may answer you.





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