Post # 1
I am extremely worried and anxious. Hubby had his tooth hurting and swollen for the past two days. He finally managed to make it to his appointment today and he got the news he was scared of – it is a root canal. They are trying to get him in with the sergeon on May 3rd. The dentist told him he will be on a priority list in case something earlier opens up but also told him it will keep getting worse in terms of pain. He also gave him antibiotics for the pain and the swelling.
My question is, has anyone had this done? Is it dangerous? Does it hurt? Im a HUGE HUGE baby and if I need a simple blood test I usually cry/faint/have three nurses holding me down. This is extremely traumatizing for me and I am terrified they will do something they are not supposed to do to him. Is there a chance they will screw up? Is it dangerous? How can I relieve his pain? Pain killers have not worked so far. He tried Tylenol 3 AND Tylenol 4 and he has barely gotten two hours of sleep for the past two nights.
I could really use some advice bees 🙁
Post # 3
I’ve had a root canal. I had an infected nerve, and antibiotics didn’t help. I was leaving to live in Hawaii for 6 months, so instead of trying something else, I told them just to do a root canal. It doesn’t hurt. They numbed half of my jaw so I didn’t feel a thing. He’ll be awake the whole time, so you don’t need to worry about anesthesia or anything like that. It’s a pretty long dental procedure though. Mine lasted a few hours. After I was giving Percocet for a pain killer, which I thought was overkill. My jaw hurt from having it open for a few hours, but it was nothing that Tylenol couldn’t fix. I’m sure he’ll feel so much better after the root canal. (In the meantime, maybe he could ask for a prescription pain killer if Tylenol isn’t working?) I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s a really common procedure. Also, in case you didn’t know, he’ll have to go back to get a crown put on the tooth at some point after. I waited about a year because I was traveling a lot, but I don’t think dentists recommend you wait that long.
Post # 4
I haven’t had one, but my fiance did. He was very nevervous about it, but it ended up not being a big deal at all. My mom has had a couple too and has said they key is to have an endodontist perform it (someone who specializes in root canals). They’ll be able to do it quickly and with minimum discomfort. That’s what my fiance did and afterwards said it was easier and quicker than some of the fillings he’s had.
Post # 5
Sorry, this post made me laugh a little. My DH has had like a trillion root canals. Its not like its open heart surgery. How much it hurts depends on how good the endodontist is. I’m surprised they can’t get him in for over a week. Be prepared for a decent sized bill no matter how good your insurance is, crowns are so pricey.
Post # 6
As for the pain I don’t have a lot of suggestions, but how long has he been taking the antibiotics? My fiance’s face swelled up and it was very painful (it got so large the dentist though he had gauze in his mouth when he came in). He took pain meds, but the antibotics were the biggest help. They usually take a few days to fully kick in but once they did the swelling went down and the pain did as well (at least to a more manageable level).
Post # 7
I have had a root canal- it was a breeze. I am not a woos but I had heard that it would be painful.
The dentist freezes the area just like when you get a filling so you feel nothing during the procedure.
Afterwards, my dentist said to take Ibuprofen not Tylenol. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory so it is often more effective against dental pain.
Post # 8
A root canal is no big deal, I’ve had 6 or 7 of them. In simple terms, they are similar to a filling in that they freeze, they drill out the inside “pulp” or nerve of the tooth and fill it. It doenst hurt any more than a normal filling, just a little bruising from the needle and a sore jaw from keeping my mouth open for that long. They are not dangerous, except to your bank account….usually quite pricey.
Post # 9
I am a HUGE baby and was crying when I went into my endodontist because I was terrified it was going to hurt. I didn’t feel a single thing. It was so simple and I felt silly when I left because I was acting like such a fool.
It takes a little bit of time but I had the gas to make me feel good and was watching the TV the whole time. I had no pain afterwards even though they did give me some pain killers just in case. Don’t even worry about it. It’s so simple.
Post # 10
@LGenz: Heheh I am totally not upset with you thinking I am a baby..I AM!! Lol toally..But I STRESS for real…And considering I die three times during a simple blood test, if they told me they had to cut me I’d prolly die of a heart attack lol. I know some people are okay with things like that but me personally I hate doctors and I would rather do anything else than see the doctor.
I am just always scared they will screw up somehow..Pretty much I do not trust doctors. No idea why, but I am the type of person that, when they had to put a cast on me ( I’ve had an arm broken and a broken ancle), I made sure I told the doctor three times that it is the right hand/left foot, just to make sure he doesn’t screw it up lol. I am just not trusting towards other people touching me/performing procedures on me..It is totally psychological and I totally admit to being the biggest baby out there but it is just who I am.
But since so many people said you/your FI’s have had it many times I feel better 🙂 Thanks everyone!
Post # 11
It’s not a big deal at all. Just like a filling exept they drill the “root” of the tooth out and sometimes put a crown over.
I never had to take any drugs afterwards or anything. He’ll be fineee 🙂 Just be there to pamper him! 🙂
Post # 12
Totally normal procedure, no big deal. He might be swollen and in a little pain afterward, but who isn’t after going to the dentist?
Post # 13
@Mimoza: He is not scared but I am…Then again, I dread having a blood test and cannot sleep so mainly it is me freaking out over him…Which I am sure is not helping because instead of telling him it will be okay I am loosing my mind twice as much as he is..
Post # 14
@aleksandra.bojeva: Haha. You’re funny! 🙂 I’m telling you, as sincerely as a complete stranger on the net can, that he will be fine…and so will you! 🙂
Have you ever had a filling? Where they numb your jaw and then work their magic, and you can’t eat for an hour? It’s the same thing!
Post # 15
@Mimoza: See, that’s the thing. I’ve never had a filling..I do not have one bad tooth in my mouth..I know, that’s rare. I’ve only been to the dentist to take out my baby teeth. And even then, I was too scared so I waited too long on two of them and now they are a bit crooked- nothing noticable but it just shows you I’m a baby lol
But I believe you, just when he told me they had to cut him, I went “WHAAATTT”
Lol, I feel better now. Thank you!
Post # 16
@aleksandra.bojeva: Listen girl, feel lucky that you don’t have cavities!!! I’ve had them since I was 13 years old. UGHHH. Oh and I never eat candy. But that’s besides the point.
My BF’s mother is 54 and never had cavities. WHAT? Not fair.
Anyway, I’m glad you are feeling better. My dentist never cut me…but I guess each one has their own style.