TLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2721 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).
J_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2704 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...
YeahitsK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2700 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.
Gunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3522 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2680 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.
Maury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2623 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...
JAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3712 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2612 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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DeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 days ago) and read 2602 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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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.