Post # 1
So I’ve had braces for a year now. I went for my adjustment today and told my ortho I had noticed one of my 2 front teeth was changing color ever so slightly. He checked it out and is sending me for a tooth vitality test with my dentist and I will most likely have to get a root canal done. I’m so sad. I’ve always taken great care of my teeth. And I’m getting braces to help my god awful smile. Has anyone ever had a root canal on one of their 2 front teeth before? I’m completely terrified. I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed and hated it and have had tumors in my gums removed and absolutely hated that. I’m afraid after all this work with my braces now one of my front teeth will be discolored
Post # 3
@rockymtn101: Don’t stress! I assisted a dentist I used to work for (I’m not a dental assistant, but we were down on staff that day!) for a root canal – a patient with braces as well. Sometimes the teeth move a little too fast and the nerve dies. But I was actually surprised with how gentle the procedure was. Once numbed up, the patient couldn’t feel a thing. They can also internally bleach a tooth, so it won’t look grey/discoloured once the work is complete, or they could crown the tooth or do a large filling on it (one the braces come off).
Post # 4
I had a root canal once but not on one of my front teeth. It wasn’t too bad during the procedure but my gums were very sore for a few days afterward (during the healing process).
I’m sure you’ll be fine. As @Deejayelle: says, there are many options to remedy a discolored tooth.
Post # 5
I’ve had a root canal on one of my two front teeth – the right one, if that makes a difference. It wasn’t due to braces (although I had braces), but because a cavity got too far and infected the nerve (I think?). The pain of the infection was HORRIBLE and I couldn’t wait to get the root canal, haha. Good news is the front teeth only have one root, whereas back teeth like molars have 2-4, which I think makes for a longer and more complex procedure. After he numbed me, it was fine! There’s a lot more numbing shots than a cavity, but it didn’t hurt more. Just took longer and I didn’t like seeing the needle in my face. And when they drill out the “pulp”, I could feel the drill WAY up in my jaw, so it was kind of creepy! But again, no pain. Just vibrating and weird to know theres something going so deep into you. I left, and went back to school. Totally fine!
Post # 6
I had a root canal on one of my front teeth about two years ago. I grind my teeth when I sleep and a lot of pressure was going on this one tooth, which caused some nerve damage. I was so sad because I mean – it was my front tooth! Why couldn’t it have been one in the back, right?! I was terrified at the thought of a root canal since they have a reputation of being so painful.
Honestly – it didn’t hurt at all. AT ALL. Seriously, not one bit. I was numbed, of course, but I did not feel ANYTHING. I could absolutely not believe it when it was over. I have heard that a lot of it has to do with the particular dentist. That it can be painful or completely painless and it just depends on their technique and how well they’ve mastered it.
I didn’t have any discoloring, but if I had then I would have gotten a cap for my tooth to make it match.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone. I had my vitality test done and my x rays look perfect and my teeth reacted properly to the sensitivity tests which is quite the anomily, but the hygenist said I will probably have to have one in the future and that its probably just beginning to die. I’ve had a minor heart attack over all this, which i know is silly.. theres much greater things in life. I’ve just always had a deep self consciousness about my smile, which was pretty fiercesome before I had my braces, and the braces have worked wonders. Life goes on. Some day i will have a root canal on that tooth and life will still go on.