Don't Stand Up the Dentist: Root Canals vs. Filings

NOT THE DENTIST!! 

Yes, the dentist

 

I don’t know if I’m the only one, but I’ve definitely been scared of going to the dentist. I’ve always dredged that yearly appointment – the scolding, the long periods of time sitting with your mouth stretched opened wide… It’s just all been a little too much for me. Not to mention, the wait AND the prices! If you don’t have health insurance, the pricing will most likely be RIDICULOUS. But – let me tell you, waiting can be much pricier than going in now.  Making your teeth hold out will cause a lot of pain to your mouth and to your wallet.

According to Cost Helper, depending on how many surfaces are being covered, the typical filling will run you anywhere from $50.00 to $150.00, whereas a root canal can cost you anywhere from $300.00 to $1,654.00

According to Cost Helper, depending on how many surfaces are being covered, the typical filling will run you anywhere from $50.00 to $150.00, whereas a root canal can cost you anywhere from $300.00 to $1,654.00

In fact, let me tell you my story:

Last summer, I went to the dentist and found out I had a mouth full of cavities, I think eight to be specific. The dentist suggested I get some of the deeper ones filled right away, but I didn’t. Instead I decided wait.

The following winter I started to have BAD tooth pain. The pain began in mid-December, but I simply ignored it. I just kept telling myself, “I’ll go in after Christmas break!"

And then BAM! - It really hit me. The following May (yes, I waited that long) I suddenly felt like someone took a knife to the inside of my tooth. That's when I realized:  my problem had finally caught up to me.

SO a friend of mine recommended me to his dentist. And I knew I couldn’t wait any longer, the pain had become unbearable. Needless to say, I made the appointment.

When I finally arrived, the dentist was SO friendly! He didn’t even scold me for my cavity plagued mouth. My cavity had gotten to the point where it was on the verge of needing a root canal, but I barely missed it.

The dentist managed to fix it as a filling, saving me hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

But if I would’ve waited longer, I would’ve paid. And believe me, your teeth are NOT something to roll the dice with.

Point being: DON'T WAIT TO GO TO THE DENTIST!

I promise - it’s not that bad! And even if your dentist is crummy (if he or she is, find another dentist – no dentist office can control you and they should feel PRIVILEGED that YOU chose THEM as your DR,) go in anyways. It’ll only last, at most, an hour or two and once it’s over, you don’t have to worry about it anymore! Not to mention… you’ll save money paying for a filling rather than a root canal.

So please my fellow candy eaters and those with tooth pain, especially if you haven’t gone to the dentist in a while, make that appointment.

Best of luck with your dental hygiene,

Vicky :)