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Root Canal..anyone Ever Had One?  
User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

Hi all,

My dentist just called, the results are in, I need a root canal, or extraction.

The tooth isn't even painful at all, but that's beside the point.

From people who have had one before, prepare me.. how painful is it?

Thanks,
Billy  Smile

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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2198 times:

Which tooth?

I've had one. It's not that bad. The "painful root canal" is mostly a myth. the part that's most uncomfortable is the original anesthetic injection.



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User currently offlineBigOrange From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2365 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2185 times:

I've had many!

It can be painful for a few days after, but nothing major. I don't usually take the painkillers they prescribe.


User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 17444 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2180 times:

Quoting KLMA330 (Thread starter):
From people who have had one before, prepare me.. how painful is it?

"Haaaated it"



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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2173 times:

Not that bad. The injection of the local anaesthetic can hurt to start with, but other than that it's not necessarily painful, just uncomfortable.

User currently offlineKLMA330 From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 697 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2168 times:

Hey guys, thanks for the info. Not so "scared" anymore..

it's one of the upper back teeth on the left side...

Well, see how it goes

Thanks again!


User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

I've never understood why people say root canals are so terrible. Other than the anesthetic injection it's virtually painless. I've had 2, one on a front tooth and the other on a back one (sorry, I don't know the proper terms for them).

-TLG


User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

I've had 4, I think...at least 3 for sure...worst part was the dental dam...they put this plastic/metal thing around the tooth involved and over your mouth so had to breath thru nose only...which in my case, is uncomfortable...but painful? Not if the novacaine is enough and works properly...


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User currently offlineYeahitsK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Yeah I had one (over the course of 3 visits for a molar) and there was nothing to it as far as pain. It is totally a myth. They numb you up pretty good and all you feel is pressure. After my first visit the novacaine(??) wore off and lo and behold my tooth felt much better than it did before I walked into the dentist office. The most unpleasant part of the whole experience for me was seeing the bloody mess they pull out from the inside of your tooth hanging off the little needle file things they use. I confess to being a bit squeamish about such things.

User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3503 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2088 times:

I've had at least two...maybe three. They don't hurt much, but they take forever and you get pretty bored. They also use something in the process that smells pretty vile...don't recall what it was. Hopefully you'll get the giggle gas.

Quoting YeahitsK (Reply 8):
The most unpleasant part of the whole experience for me was seeing the bloody mess they pull out from the inside of your tooth hanging off the little needle file things they use. I confess to being a bit squeamish about such things.

Yeah, that was pretty gross.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

I've had three. No big deal really IF - IF - the doc gets you numbed up properly. I fell asleep during the last one I had, doc had to put a wedge in my jaw to hold the mouth open.

No pain during and no pain after . . .

Really not all it's supposedly cracked up to be . . .


User currently offlineTraveler_7 From Estonia, joined May 2000, 540 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2068 times:

I've had a couple. Some times it could be painfull and once or twice I felt pain for a few days after. but it is not more painfull compare to other visits to dentist.

User currently offlineJafa39 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2066 times:

I've had 3, none of them hurt as much as the toothache I was having but 2 of the teeth had to be removed a few years later.

Clean your teeth at bedtime, eat apples and say your prayers  Smile


User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2031 times:

The cost hurt more than the procedure...$1k for the root canal and another...I forget, but a lot, for the crown. And I need another one soon (had one already) but to echo the others--as long as they numb you up really well (and my doc did) it's just a lot of digging and drilling and poking around. Say, that sounds more fun than it really was...

User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3513 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2020 times:

The worst part for me if I needed a RC would be sitting in the chair for an hour with the rubber thing in your mouth. I have had extractions (4 baby teeth with local and lower wisdom and 4 premolar under IV sedation). When I had the local the needle didn't bother me.


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User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2010 times:

Go to a good oral surgeon. I did not feel a thing at all. He told me if I felt any pain, he was doing something very wrong. This was for a large molar, and he also installed a stud for a crown. Everyone who has used this docter has said the same thing, so find one like him where you are.

Like I said, you should not feel anything at all except a slight vibration. These guys are highly skilled at pain management. A dentist working on a cavity is much worse.



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User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

Quoting KLMA330 (Thread starter):
From people who have had one before, prepare me.. how painful is it?

KLMA330, I have had several root canals on my back teeth. First of all if the tooth is not painful, that means that the nerve may already be dead. The root can die over a long period of time if you've had a cavity that has not been taken care of.

Even if it isn't dead, it is the same as having a filling. They freeze the area before starting it and then the procedure is almost the same as a filling. Trust me, if you have had a filling in one of your back teeth before and it didn't bother you then your fine. Trust me, there is no dentist that would put you pain intentionally.

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 15):
Like I said, you should not feel anything at all except a slight vibration. These guys are highly skilled at pain management. A dentist working on a cavity is much worse.

DeltaDC9 is right as noted above!!

Phyllis  bouncy 


User currently offlineGreasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3079 posts, RR: 20
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1987 times:

Here is what my dentist said to me.....What hurts on the tooth? The root....The root dies ewhen it is exposed to air so how can it hurt.....My jaw was sore from keeping my mouth open.

GS



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