I had my first dental appointment for my crown this morning. The dentist said he was drilling deep and that when the novacaine wore off my jaw was going to be sore. He was sure right about that. (I went home afterwards and took a nap).
After he drilled, they did another xray. He said that he feels for best results, the tooth needs a root canal. Ugh! He referred me to an endodonist for that. My share of cost will be approximately $550, in addition to the $700 for the crown.
UPDATE: I ended up taking both Tuesday and Wednesday off from work, sick. I slept a lot, whimpering periodically.