A few months ago I mentioned to my dentist that one of my molars ached a bit, but just occasionally. Nothing serious that was really bothering me, but since I mentioned it she took an x-ray and saw that a tiny edge of my crown (one of many crowns that I have) was a teeny bit loose. She said that it probably needed to be replaced. I took this as advice to keep tabs on it, but not that it needed to be taken care of immediately. That was four months ago. Well, this past weekend it not only acted up a bit, but it was really throbbing and aching a lot. I waited until Monday morning (this morning) to call and schedule an appointment, and I assumed that I would go in and she'd tell me that the crown needs to be replaced. Well, she not only said that, but she also said that the root was in bad shape and I needed a root canal. The only good news is that she said that this procedure would alleviate the pain, and at this point that's all I care about. So, about 10:30am tomorrow, think of me, smiling (happy gas), pain free (root canal), and relaxed (as much as one can be sitting in a dental chair). Hopefully this will be the last, but with as much dental work as I've had done over the years, I'm not holding my breath.