I have had a crack in one of my back molars for years. This didn’t seem to be causing a problem but my dentist told me that it needed to be capped and not just filled. At the start of that appointment my tooth wasn’t sore, but once the dentist had finished exploring with a drill that was no longer true. He also wasn’t able to cap the tooth as he suspected I need a root canal treatment.
Having the root canal took two appointments with an endodontist as I apparently have tiny narrow bendy root canals that needed widened. It was not a pleasant experience. My mouth is small, my teeth are large, and my jaw doesn’t stay open wide enough. It involved having a block jammed into my mouth to keep it open, and lots of drills and long pointing things. The worst part is not the pain, it’s not knowing what is happening or how long it will take. There are so many scary looking instruments and the smell of burning didn’t help. The anesthetic also made me feel shaky and queasy.
Now I need to arrange more appointments to have the cap put on. The endodentist suggested that I leave it for a week to give myself a break from mouth pain.