(Closed) Hubby was just told he needs his root canal done..HELP!

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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 # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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 πŸ™‚ Just be there to pamper him! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 1993

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 # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@aleksandra.bojeva:  Haha. You’re funny! πŸ™‚ I’m telling you, as sincerely as a complete stranger on the net can, that he will be fine…and so will you! πŸ™‚ 

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 # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@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. 

Hugs!

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