Post # 1
Over the past couple of months, I’ve started to experience some pain in one of my upper right hand side teeth (no idea the tooth names, but it’s the 5th one from the front.) I chalked it up to teeth sensitivity, got myself some Sensodyne, and hoped that the discomfort went away. Yesterday the pain in my tooth was so horrid that I was CERTAIN I had a cavity or something, so my dentist was able to fit me in to check it out. After some x-rays, she informs me I need a root canal. WHAT. I TAKE SUCH GREAT CARE OF MY TEETH, HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE.
Backstory: 4 years ago I got my first and ONLY cavity filled (by a different dentist). Apparently that dentist drilled too far and now the filling is touching my root. The root has been dying and that’s why I’ve been experiencing pain. So thanks to my first moron dentist, I need a root canal. I am super upset about this because I am so anal about my teeth!! Now I have to fork over $1000+ for a root canal and crown. I am not pleased.
Ok, vent over. Wish me luck on my root canal on Monday.
Oh, and I’m leaving for Vegas for DH and my 1-year anniversary trip on Tuesday. Any bees who have had root canals think I’ll still be in pain the next day!? I hope not…
Post # 3
@doxielove: I had a root canal done last year and I wasn’t in any pain at all. The next day I went to work without any problems, so you will be fine! Enjoy your trip to Vegas & happy one year anniversary! 🙂
Post # 4
@doxielove: Aww! Dental work is no fun. 🙁
That said, root canals are really not that bad. You almost certainly won’t be in pain the next day. I’ve had three, and I’m feeling fine by the evening after each procedure. A few Tylenol or Motrin and you’ll be good as new! Wishing you lots of luck!
Post # 5
Awesome, thanks! Everyone keeps giving me that wide-eyed look of horror “you need a root canal!?” when I mention it – like it’s the worst pain in the world. I figure if I could survive getting my wisdom teeth out last month, I can survive this 🙂
Post # 6
It sucks they cost so much (do you have dental insurance?).
I had to get one a couple years ago, it was actually less painful than getting a filling! I had heard horror stories about root canals, but it turned out to be a breeze!
Post # 7
My FI just got one done and honestly the worst pain was BEFORE he got the procedure done.. maybe that’s why people look at you like it’s the worst pain in the world. FI was such a trooper and as soon as walked out the door with it done.. he was SO happy (because he wasn’t in any more pain). His jaw was a little tender the next day but honestly they numb you up so you don’t feel a thing! I haven’t had anything done so I’m hoping that it really doesn’t hurt much and not that my FI has a super high pain tolerance.
Post # 8
I have had two root canals – There is slight discomfort from keeping your mouth open for so long but after the procedure is over take some advil or something and you will be fine. No pain from either of mine – actually felt better after having it taken care of!
Also many root canals are not because of poor dental hygeine – sometimes it’s because of an infection or root problem that couldn’t be prevented by brushing/flossing.
Post # 9
@abbyful: I do have dental insurance. It’s not the best, though. I think since it’s a “major service,” my insurance will only cover 50% of the procedure. And since I have a calendar-year maximum payout of $1500 (LAME), and I just got my wisdom teeth out, I’ve almost maxed out my yearly benefit. I’ll probably only save $500 on a $1800 procedure.
Guess we better win big in Vegas 😛
Post # 10
@jaykayel: Thanks for the reassurance. I guess I always naively associated root canals with gross hygiene. Not so!!
Post # 11
I honestly don’t understand why everyone makes that horrified face when you mention root canal. I had one done a few years back and I was in absolutely NO pain afterward. Didn’t even need the Vicoden that the dentist kept trying to push on me.
Post # 12
RC’s are a far easier procedure to have done than a filling, so you shouldn’t be worried at all.
If you were in so much pain on seeing the dentist, what was done to help you out until your appointment? I also hope your dentist didn’t say or give you the impression the need for the RC was actually caused by another dentist and their work. How can you blame a filling done 4 years ago for something that happened now? A tooth can die at any time for any reason and need the nerve removed. A large filling close to the nerve settled down all this time, but for some reason the nerve has died. Is there new decay? Are you clenching and grinding? Is there a void in the filling?
Post # 13
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This worries me! I just recently (like yesterday!) started experiencing some serious sensitivity in a tooth that had a filling done about a month ago. I too just chalked it up to teeth sensitivity, even though I use sensitive toothpaste already, but it was SO bad last night, it hurt to breathe. My dentist is closed on Fridays, so the next time I can get in is on Monday… I’m hoping I don’t need a root canal, but it sounds so similar! We’re having our e-pics taken on Weds… I hope you don’t have any extra pain for your trip – I’ve never had a root canal done, so I can’t give you any advice there – but thanks for posting this – I’m going to get on my tooth pain IMMEDIATELY!
Post # 14
Ohhhh. One of my clients had a root canal and something went wrong. They had to do emergency surgery and go back in there!
I needed one but she scared me so bad!!!!!!
Please update and tell me your experience was tolerable!!!!
Post # 15
@ItWasntMe: I had leftover 600 mg ibuprofens from when I got my wisdom teeth out in June, so I’ve been using those for pain. My dentist was professional and did not directly indicate that it was poor work/negligence on my prior dentist’s part. I inferred that from her explanation. I should have clarified that. No new cavities, clenching etc. Why are you so skeptical of my story? This was just a vent!!
Post # 16
@doxielove: exact same thing happened to me! but i haven’t had insurance for almost 10 years, so i’ve been putting off my root canal for almost 6 years :/ my dentist said there was no decay or infection, so i could wait until the pain/discomfort got really bad. i’ll finally have health coverage once i’m married, so i’ll finally be able to get it done!
i’ve had a root canal before tho, and they’re definitely not as bad or scary as they sound. i wasn’t sore at all afterwards and it didn’t feel any different than getting a filling.