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User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1329 times:

I just found out I need a root canal. Anyone here ever have one? Painful?

The quality of my teeth has always been low. I hate having those ancient Roman torture devices, I mean dental instuments, in my mouth even for cleaning. My mouth has a very low pain threshold. Do you think there will be shots in my mouth for this?

I've been reading up on the procedure and it seems like I am going to be hurting for awhile. Does it feel as bad as people say or no?

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User currently offlineVC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1407 posts, RR: 16
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

Remember the old joke-----Always have a male dentist as then just before he starts you grab him by the balls and say
"I won't hurt you if you don't hurt me"

I have had it done and just had a couple of jabs and listened to music. Most of all do not think about what he is doing, just let him get on with his work.

A bit sore afterwards ,but again nothing to worry about

littlevc10


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1311 times:

Yes, I had one about ten years ago. It wasn't all that bad...the dentist used a local anesthetic and the procedure was quite quick. Once the anesthetic wore off, it hurt a little, but no more than a dull background pain for the rest of the day that two or three ibuprofen took care off. It was sensitive for a couple of days after that when eating, or when drinking super hot or icy cold liquids, but for the most part, it wasn't anything near some of the nightmare stories I had heard about beforehand.

And bear in mind this was a decade ago. Technology and procedures have developed since then, so I'm sure that today it's likely to be even less painful.


User currently offlinePacificjourney From New Zealand, joined Jul 2001, 2732 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1308 times:

It's not that big a deal really but yes you will have shots for it.

1 - drill away tooth pulp to expose nerve canals

2 - use threaded augers to remove all healthy and damaged nerve tissue

3 - sanitise empty canals (various methods available) and fill with temporary material - end of first visit

4 - second visit - remove temporary fill, check again for any remaining nerve tissue or infection from previous work

5 - permanent filling of canals and tooth cavity with "stuff"

6 - finish tooth, very variable dependant on how much of crown removed for root canal, may require 3rd or more visits

7- huge bill



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User currently offlineDeskflier From Sweden, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

I had one this fall, and it was a non-event really. I had to ask my dentist - a very nice woman - if she really was done with the entire procedure. Of course I had shots of pain killer, but like the farmer said when he had sheared the pig: A lot of screaming for that little wool.


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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1295 times:

I've had one to, not very painful, just a little but nothing major. As with others the dentist gave me a local anesthetic, that was probably the scariest part as after that you can't feel a dam thing!

BritPilot777



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User currently offlineDvk From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1058 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1280 times:

Needing a root canal is worse than having a root canal. I know from experience.


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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11210 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1269 times:



Quoting Dvk (Reply 6):
Needing a root canal is worse than having a root canal. I know from experience.

That's for damn sure.

I've had three now. The first one, I was so scared when he said I needed one that I tensed up like I was in front of a firing squad, and remained like that for 20 minutes. Eventually, I asked the dentist when he was going to get started, and he told me he had finished that 10 minutes ago. I didn't even notice.

You'll be numbed up, and you won't notice a thing. It's just like getting a filling, but with a little extra scraping.



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1264 times:



Quoting Futurecaptain (Thread starter):
I just found out I need a root canal.

Same here, I have toothache since yesterday night and it feels like I need a root canal as well.  Sad

But no worries, when you have a good dentist, then it should be ok and not painful at all.

Quoting D L X (Reply 7):
Quoting Dvk (Reply 6):
Needing a root canal is worse than having a root canal. I know from experience.

That's for damn sure.

 checkmark 

I can't agree more!

Patrick


User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3500 posts, RR: 10
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

I had two on both of the roots of my front teeth about ten years ago after I lost them in a rollerblading accident (I wish I had a better story than that!). They aren't terribly painful, but boy, they are boring. Hopefully dental science has advanced enough in the last ten years that they don't take several hours to complete...I was bored to tears on both of those appointments.


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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1249 times:

Have any of you had wisdom teeth removed? I found out not to long ago that all 4 of mine are going to go, and will be pulled early next year.

User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2867 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1232 times:



Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
Have any of you had wisdom teeth removed?

Yup, and its not a horrible procedure. I had all 3 of mine cut out since they were embedded deep in the gum. The procedure isn't bad, I was knocked out for an hour and woke up with gauze in my mouth. The next week will be a pain with not eating hard foods and the dull pain, but its a pretty easy thing to handle.



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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3500 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1232 times:



Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
Have any of you had wisdom teeth removed? I found out not to long ago that all 4 of mine are going to go, and will be pulled early next year.

I had all four of mine out this past June. It's every bit as unenjoyable as you've been lead to believe--stock up on Ramen, Jello and gauze and find yourself a nice couch to live on for four or five days. Not fun at all, but you'll get through it.



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User currently offlineFriendlySkies From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 4105 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1216 times:



Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 12):
I had all four of mine out this past June. It's every bit as unenjoyable as you've been lead to believe--stock up on Ramen, Jello and gauze and find yourself a nice couch to live on for four or five days. Not fun at all, but you'll get through it.

Not true in all cases...I had mine out last December (all 4 impacted), and was eating regular food after 3 days. Just make sure you get a very good doctor to do the procedure and you'll be good to go. And for heaven's sake get knocked out...


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

I've had several root canals...the anticipation is worse than the procedure. your mouth will be well and truly numbed, so you won't feel a thing.

Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
Have any of you had wisdom teeth removed?

WAY back in 1978, I spent an entire day with my dentist...four wisdom teeth removed, and six crowns done.....in the chair, local anesthetic......and went to a cocktail party immediately afterwards. Of course, the lower half of my face was totally dead, so watching me haveing a drink was quite amusing...dribble, dribble. I've never gone under general anesthetic for any dental procedures, and I've had more than I can count, but I find that people who have local tend to recover faster. I've never had to take time off work after any dental procedure....and that includes a double extraction two years ago. (Again in the chair under local)

Maybe I'm just tough.....I dunno.



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User currently offlineAirdolomiti From Germany, joined May 2003, 688 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

I just had a root canal done on a molar (well, nearly done, I hope to get it finished with the 3rd appointment tomorrow). It's no biggie really, I thought it would be much worse. Anaesthesia - lots of it - is, of course, vital in my case Big grin

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 9):
They aren't terribly painful, but boy, they are boring.

 checkmark  I agree. I couldn't wait for the dentist finish, just out of sheer boredom.

Quoting D L X (Reply 7):
You'll be numbed up, and you won't notice a thing. It's just like getting a filling, but with a little extra scraping.

 checkmark 

Quoting N231YE (Reply 10):
Have any of you had wisdom teeth removed? I found out not to long ago that all 4 of mine are going to go, and will be pulled early next year.

I had my two top wisdom teeth removed a couple of years ago, one a week after the other. They were both embedded deep within the gum, but I was on local anaesthetic and didn't feel a thing, and I was back to eating normal food after a couple of days.

As other have said, it's better to get a root canal done while the tooth can still be saved - I remember a painful abscess and subsequent extraction of a molar when I was about 12, that could have been prevented with a root canal  frown 


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1146 times:



Quoting Pacificjourney (Reply 3):
7- huge bill

I have health insurance kicking in on Dec 1. I plan on making the company mad by using it as soon as it is active to get this done next week. For now, I have prescription pain killers and antibiotics.

Quoting Dvk (Reply 6):
Needing a root canal is worse than having a root canal. I know from experience.

I hope so, everyone I talk to seems to only have horror stories of how bad they are. I have a fear or dentists spreading back to childhood and havn't seen one in over 3 years, except for today of course. That fear isn't helping things. Not to mention I hate needles and find it horribly painful to have shots in my gums. I had some when I had teeth pulled about 6 years ago and it hurt like hell.

Quoting Gunsontheroof (Reply 9):
Hopefully dental science has advanced enough in the last ten years that they don't take several hours to complete

I've been told I could be in and out in an hour or less. The anticipation coming up to that hour next week is keeping my heart racing though.


User currently offlineKmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 7
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1111 times:



Quoting Futurecaptain (Reply 16):
The anticipation coming up to that hour next week is keeping my heart racing though.

Tell your dentist this; he may be able to give you something before the procedure to calm you down....



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User currently offlineStratosphere From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 1651 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

They have really come a long way in dentistry but I still to this day hate going with a passion I really don't know why either. I had major surgery and they split my stomach open and I wasn't near as scared as I am when I go to the dentist. Go figure.


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User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

I am having one done these days. (last appointment thursday... cue the bill :-p )

Like everyone said... more boring than painful. The only 'painful' part for me was to keep my mouth wide open for the time necessary to complete the proceeding.

No pain at all otherwise, as the anesthetic is quite efficient !
One thing about the anesthetic actually. Depending on the tooth to be 'cured', the same quantity might not be necessary. My case was the worst, a low molar, and the anesthetic lasted for 3 hours afterwards (carefull not to bit my tongue or cheek !). Had it been an upper tooth, the needed anesthetic would have been much less.

Anyway, I hope I can cheer you up by saying that I suspect another of my teeth to be in need of the same treatment, and that now I don't fear it at all !

One last word : Rhaa ma dent !!!

Cheers,

707


User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3500 posts, RR: 10
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1081 times:



Quoting FriendlySkies (Reply 13):

Not true in all cases...I had mine out last December (all 4 impacted), and was eating regular food after 3 days. Just make sure you get a very good doctor to do the procedure and you'll be good to go. And for heaven's sake get knocked out...

Nice! I'm quite envious...I don't remember what my story was (I should have had them out quite some time ago), but my recovery took about a week. I'm pretty sure I memorized the Discovery Channel's daily lineup during that time.

And yes, get knocked out--but be warned--when I came to, the doc/nurses asked if I wanted to keep my teeth. In my anesthetized state, I said "yes." Later on, I was wondering just why the hell I had these gross/broken teeth in a bag. Play it safe and tell them to throw those things out!  Wink



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User currently offlineTurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1441 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

I recently had a root canal. I was scared s***less before I went but I can assure you that it does NOT hurt... The procedure is scary but you don't feel a thing during or after... Go get it done. You won^t ever regret it...


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User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

I guess the shots are what bother me the most. I hate needles, especially when they go in my mouth.

The holidays are coming up. Does anyone think I will have full use of my mouth 3 weeks after the procedure so I can chow down on Christmas?


User currently offlineFuturecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

Just got it scheduled for Monday morning next week.

Hope insurance will repay me after I file the claim form. { crosses fingers }


User currently offlineDw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

I have had a few and the most painful part of it was the bill. I have very good insurance (Delta Dental) from my employer with a great policie that paid for almost all of the bill but my portion was still hefty.

25 Gunsontheroof : Yes. If my memory serves me correctly, I was eating normally the night of my root canal--and that was over ten years ago. I'm sure dental technology
26 Post contains images Checkraiser : IIRC, it was about $1500 for mine with the crown about three years ago.
27 707CMF : I had the first appointment on a morning (8.30 am). At 12 the numbness had disappeared in time for me to eat at a good restaurant for a coworker's pa
28 Post contains images ManuCH : It's really funny how everyone is scared by dentists. I'm in the same boat. I was so scared that I avoided them for 10+ years (no kidding!), I didn't
29 Toulouse : As said the anticipation is worse than getting it done. Had it done twice, onc in 1999 and again a year ago. I also hate dentists like yourself, and
30 JAGflyer : I had all 4 of my pre-molars removed (last tooth before the molars) and my bottom wisdom teeth (impacted) under IV sedation. No pain during/after but
31 David L : I had emergency root canal treatment in Washington DC while on holiday. It was a Friday evening and the dentist wasn't sure his assistant could be the
32 Futurecaptain : Well, It's been over for about 3 hours now. The feeling in my face is returning as the shots wear off. You all were right, nothing to it. This was pro
33 Post contains images Helvknight : Glad it went well. I had one on Friday, she gave me a fair amount of anaesthetic and then went drilling for oil. As others have said the most painful
34 NoUFO : The most important thing when it comes to root canal jobs is: Get it done quickly! I can't stress that enough. Some years ago (on a Friday) I noticed
35 Futurecaptain : Got that right. Initial exam last week. $68 Prescription meds to get me through last week. $39 Root canal today. $944 Have a crown put on in two week
36 EA CO AS : Be sure you check with your insurance provider so you don't have a shock afterwards - most plans only cover 60 to 70% of the cost. Mine was more gene
37 AM744 : Amen to that. I had one done last year and another the previous year. No big deal. On both ocassions I had PAIN a whole weekend. RCT was a total reli
38 Futurecaptain : It's been 24 hours now and I'm still in no pain. This is great. It only hurts a little when I drink something cold, such as Mt Dew. But I can't live w
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