Why can my husband and I have the same symptoms but get different treatments? We don’t currently have a regular dentist. Weirdly, we both developed toothaches about the same time. He went first, because…well, honestly, he’s a bit of a baby with pain and sickness. When he went the dentist just gave him a pain med and said the pain would go away. When I went, I ended up with a root canal treatment. Why the different treatments for the same problem?
I’m glad you were both able to get in to see an emergency dentist so quickly. While your symptoms may have been the same, the reason for the symptoms was likely completely different. You already mentioned your husband has a lower tolerance for pain than you do. That also signifies things will get worse for you before you start really taking the pain seriously. That may be why you needed a root canal treatment and he didn’t.
One thing that bothers me is the dentist who treated the two of you doesn’t seem to have given either of you a diagnosis or reason for the recommended treatment. I’m also puzzled why your husband just received pain meds and nothing else. While sometimes sinus infections can mimic tooth pain, I can’t imagine needing a prescription painkiller for that. I’d like your husband to call the office and find out the official diagnosis. If it’s an infection in his sinuses, he may need an antibiotic.
Your treatment is a completely different story. The most common reason for a root canal treatment is decay that reached the pulp of your tooth. It has to be physically removed.
When to See an Emergency Dentist
You both did the right thing by seeking the help of an emergency dentist. I just don’t feel that you necessarily found a great dentist. He seems to just rush you through and expect you to do as you’re told without any real explanation.
Had you ignored your infection it would have spread. If you think about how close your jaw is to your heart and brain, you can see how easy it is for tooth infections to spread and turn deadly quickly. I’m glad you didn’t try to tough it out. Believe it or not, we still have people die from tooth infection in the United States.
Other reasons to see an emergency dentist would include a cracked or broken tooth, tooth trauma (even without any visible damage), and a knocked out tooth.
Generally, those who don’t have a regular dentist it’s because of dental anxiety. That’s not the case for everyone. But, in case this is your issue I’d like to help. There are dentists who cater to anxious patients. They understand the debilitating fear and have ways and putting patients at ease.
Additionally, they’ll offer sedation dental care for patients who have severe anxiety. This is a simple pill which completely relaxes the patient giving them a stress-free/pain-free appointment.
I hope this helps.
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