Emergency root canal...I chomped on something last night that chipped a tooth exposing the nerve. It only hurt when attempted to finish dinner or tried to drink something. Any pressure caused pain.
I tried a wad of dental wax as a buffer so I could eat but it wouldn't hold. I had to postpone my shrimp dinner.
Expecting to have a night of discomfort, I took one ibuprofen and slept without any pain.
I called my dentist in the morning and they were able to see me right away. Awesome!
The prognosis: Root canal and a crown.
Waiting to finish some other dental work that started months ago, I wasn't able to get the dentist to do a patch (bonding) and send me on my way. But... I was able to negotiate holding off on the crown. My dentist agreed to do the root canal and patch for now with the understanding it's near the front and may break off.
I always ask for extra Novocaine separated by a few minutes to allow the benefits to soak in. Five shots later all was numb from my nose down!
The entire visit was nearly 3 hours and I'm back home having a light lunch that includes another dose of ibuprofen.
Emergency root canal... blah