(Closed) Has anyone had experience with painful root canal treatment?

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Whoa. I would switch dentists. A few years ago, I had a cavity filled and it was super sensitive and painful for a week. I called to follow-up with the dentist and had to wait another week for an appointment. I got to my appointment, he took a quick look at my tooth and said I need a root canal and he couldn’t do it. I would have to make an appointment with an orthodontist and guess what….another week! I was able to call the orthodontist and get in the next day because I could not tolerate the pain anymore. The root canal was painless. I immediately switched to a new dentist and never had a problem since. My new dentist is awesome!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Padua Hills Theater

That is awful! I would definitely get a second opinion. When I was fourteeb I had a dentist drill to deep to remove a cavity. Then when I was sixteen I had to get a root canal in that tooth because the mistake with my cavity had killed the nerves in that tooth and they had become infected. The root canal was pretty painful, then I had to get a crown. The only up side is that my dentist was awesome and totally walked me through everything and explained every procedure. Some dentists just suck and if I were you I would find someone new.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Wowww. I had a root canal and I just napped during the proceedure and was totally fine afterward.  It shouldn’t be that painful!!!! Find a new dentist!

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I too have had a Root Canal (in an attempt to save a tooth that had broken in two… to be fair it had a large filling to begin with).  Long story short, the tooth wasn’t salvagable, and in the end my Dentist had to pull it (and he refunded to me the money I had spend already on the Root Canal).  My Dentist is a great at what he does and a very ethical sort of guy… I can’t complain at all.

By The Way, both procedures were pretty much painless (my guy is good at what he does).  Emotionally though, losing a tooth totally had a HUGE impact on me…

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would definitely find a new dentist. I have had a couple root canals and they don’t hurt. The most annoying part I would say is how long you have to keep your mouth open. But every single time, I was frozen, didn’t feel anything and then after the freezing wore off felt nothing. And it shouldn’t take so many trips. It should be one trip and you’re done! The pain you feel before you get the root canal is sooooo painful, I would go get a second opinion on your tooth. And honestly your dentist, if anything, should be suggesting a crown after you have a root canal not an implant. An implant really should only need to be done if your tooth is so decayed that the entire thing has chipped down to nothing and there is no more actual tooth/enamal to build a new tooth up on.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve had several root canals and there should be minimal pain afterward, if any at all. I had some bruising due the the extensive scrubbing she had to do to get to all the roots (for some reason I have very deep roots) but it was a dull ache that went away within a week. 4 treatements is way too many for a simple root canal. 

If your tooth is chipped a little, the dentist should be able to put a crown on it. My last tooth that chipped actually cracked all the way down to the roots so my dentist was unable to save it. She removed the tooth and recommended an implant which I will be doing later this year (its costing me about $4000). It’s recommended that you replace the extracted tooth with an implant because it helps you chew normally and it gives the tooth on top a counterpart to grind against. But if it’s one of your back molars (as mine was) it’s not really mandatory. 

I would encourage you to get a second opinion before undergoing any more procedures. Good luck!! 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh no!! Same thing happened to me exactly!!! See an endodontist or at least call one. The one I saw finished my root canal the dentist claimed couldn’t be saved. 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I just had root canal and it didn’t hurt a bit. I am so glad I’m not American after reading that, can’t believe how much you guys have to pay for health care, and I was whinging about paying £50 for a check up, root canal with filling  and a second filling! I’m a dental nurse and can definitely say that root canals should not be painful, except if the root was very very infected as that neutralises the anaesthetic, but it doesn’t sound as if yours was. 

 

Hope you get it sorted.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

if it came down to it and u had plenty to spare i would just have the tooth pulled (that is of course if you 2nd opion yeilds the same result) i had a tooth removed at the back as it was a bit beyond repair and i honestly dont think it matters, you cannot see it and there are plenty others left!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

is it a back tooth??? mine was. i didnt bother with any implant as they are sooooo expensive. even with helath fund you dont get much back at all. i do know a few people who have had work done in thailand as it is cheaper, a bit risky though.

i have had 5 pulled in total, 4 wisdom that were coming through crooked and pushing my other teeth together, and the 5th tooth was the one beyond repair.  the 5th tooth is at the top and at the back. i honestly dont even notice its missing and its been missing for 10 years now. all of my top teeth are perfectly straight and they didnt move at all with it being gone.

people loose teeth naturally and have them pulled due to being rotten, thats pretty normal, my parents are both missing a few (sounds like we are from the hills LOL). none of their teeth have moved but they lost their teeth as a adult and they were not still developing or moving. are all your wisdome teeth through??

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

wow that pic turned out huge LOL sorry guys!!!!!!!!!!!

i still dont know how to resize on this thing! the pic is just to show you they r pretty straight and i got the wisdom teeth out just in time. i think it would matter how straight your teeth are to begin with as well, existing room in your mouth etc. my daughter has been seeing an orthodontist for 2 years now and let me tell you that is very bloody expensive. 

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