See, Doctor Pain actually turned out to be Doctor Why-Rip-Out-Teeth-When-They’re-Not-Hurting?
Yes, he’d like me to get a root canal on said tooth (if I have $2,000 to spend), but he’d rather not pull it if it is feeling fine. And if I did decide to come back, then it would be better to gank it out along with 2 other ones all at the same time. (I’ve got a broken wisdom tooth from years back and a baby tooth that never fell out.)
Bottom line: Don’t do anything unless you’re going to go big time.
So, for now, I’ll just start taking advantage of my free twice-a-year cleanings and keep on trucking.