I’m worried my husband didn’t get the care he needed. I had a toothache. I took me a few weeks to get into the dentist. When I did, I ended up needing a root canal and dental crown. A few weeks later, my husband got a toothache. He refused to go to the dentist until it hurt to eat. Then, I arranged an emergency appointment for him. It wasn’t our normal dentist, who was on vacation. All the dentist did was give him a filling. Was this the right care or was my husband neglected?
Toothaches don’t mean the same thing for everyone. They can be caused by something as simple as a cavity or sinus infection, or something more serious like an abscessed tooth or broken tooth. So, while a toothache may require a root canal treatment for one person, for another it may just need a simple filling.
Ideally, the dentists should have explained the reasons for their treatment plans to each of you, so you understood what was going on. Even emergency dentists have a responsibility to explain why work needs to be done.
Each person has a different pain tolerance, which also factors into your husband’s result. While your husband couldn’t eat, it’s possible he has a low pain tolerance. Maybe his pain was just from blocked up sinuses, but the dentist noticed he had a small cavity, too, so he went ahead and filled that to keep it from getting worse.
Now bear in mind, I didn’t examine either of you, so I’m giving hypotheticals. I don’t actually know what went on with either of your particular cases. However, your situation likely was much worse than his and you just have a higher pain tolerance, which would explain why your case required a root canal treatment and his didn’t.
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