No root canals for me!

Boy, I am still tired today. We’ve been back for 3 days now and I’m still really tired when I get up in the morning. I’ve always had weird sleep habits (I fall asleep late and can sleep quite late if I allow myself), but man, one week of getting up at normal-person hours and walking around all day, going on rides really kicked my butt. It probably doesn’t help that I’m way out of shape. Need to work on that…

So, the good news, which I forgot to write about yesterday, is that I didn’t have to have a root canal yesterday!! I went to the dentist about a month ago and found out I had quite a few cavities, including one that appeared to need a root canal. I’ve had a root canal before, and it really wasn’t too bad, but I’ve heard root canals on bottom teeth can hurt a lot more than those on the top because it’s harder to numb the bottom, so I was pretty nervous about it.

Anyway, I was referred to a specialist to have the root canal done. He took an x-ray, did some tests (poking and prodding, bite test, cold test) and decided I didn’t need to do anything to the tooth. He said we should keep an eye on it, but he didn’t see the level of decay or the possible infection that my regular dentist said she saw (not to mention, I have absolutely no symptoms). I’m inclined to believe him, since he’s a specialist. Plus, hey, it saves me money and pain, so I’m happy.

But now, I’m in a predicament. I have an appointment tomorrow with the regular dentist to start work on another tooth, and I’m wondering how to bring up the possibility of the other cavities not being cavities. I don’t want to insult her, and the cleaning/exam was really thorough, so I don’t think I want to change dentists, but I’d really like to be sure there are cavities before digging in. Any ideas?

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