When I fell and broke my tooth, I had no idea what to do. Living in Ottawa, a dental emergency had never crossed my mind. Where do I go? What do I do? Although I contemplated making a trip to the hospital, family and friends suggested I visit an emergency dental clinic instead. I obliged, after all, what could a hospital really do besides take x-rays? In Ottawa, the dental emergency centre I called was able to schedule an appointment for me in a mere few hours.
Despite my impending appointment, the next couple of hours sent me through a whirlwind of emotions. Would I need a tooth extraction? What if they couldn’t fix it with a crown? Will I have to walk around with a gap in my mouth? Would two years of unflattering braces all have been for naught? As the cycle of questions circled my thoughts, I felt sore, bruised and insecure.
When it was finally time to head to the Ottawa dental emergency clinic, I was as anxious as ever. I’d never experienced a tooth extraction, or any broken bones for that matter. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. As the dentist began to take x-rays and assess my tooth, I knew the prognosis wouldn’t be good. In fact, it was the scenario I’d been worried about – I’d need a tooth extraction and a dental implant. While these were the words I had been dreading, somehow my anxiety began to ease.
After hours of stress and pain I could finally see a solution and it gave me clarity. Although experiencing a broken tooth was a nightmare, it didn’t kill me. And not only did it not kill me, the whole procedure was, for the most part, emotionally and physically painless. When I think back now, the process of getting a tooth extraction and a dental implant seems like such a small and insignificant part of my life. And I couldn’t be happier with the way my new tooth turned out.
Sometimes putting things in perspective makes all the difference. It’s so easy to get caught up in the little things and when life’s little annoyances occur, it’s easy to let them overshadow all of the other good things. I know it sounds cliché, but if my tooth extraction incident showed me anything, it’s that the saying “This too shall pass,” is often true. Or in my case I suppose you could say, “This tooth shall pass.”
If you think you may require a tooth extraction, contact a local Ottawa dental emergency clinic today.