(Closed) How bad does a Root Canal hurt?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
3068 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It depends on the dentist. I have very low pain tolerance and did not feel a single thing at the dentist whe I went for my root canal. In fact, I sang the whole time. LOL

Post # 4
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have had one. I can tell you, it hurts less than the pain you are in now. I was shot full of novacain, and mainly it is just uncomfortable pressure and the sound of the drill is a little unsettling, but pain wise it isn’t to bad. I was given pain meds to take after. Once it was over I wondered why I put it off for so long and let myself be in pain for months, worrying about it.

Post # 5
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have had a root canal and was pleasantly surprised by how pain-free it was.  I only used Advil for the day of the procedure and nothing after that.

The thing that you have to remember is you usually hear more from the drama-llamas than from those who had no problems.(just look at the posts about childbirth, breastfeeding etc).

Post # 6
484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Oh not at all! I have had 4 teeth pulled and tons of crowns and root canals are not painful. I was only on valium and laughing gas and I was talking to the dentist. 🙂

Post # 7
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I had one, and I definitely agree with @SandyThePoet:  it hurts, but not nearly as much as the pre-root canal pain!

Mostly for me, the pain was just jaw discomfort from holding my mouth open so long.  I’m also really nervous at the dentist, so I think I was more mentally distressed than anything.  Afterward, it ached for a few days (again, the jaw more than anything; I have TMJ and it is aggravated by dental visits since i have to stretch my mouth open the whole time), but it wasn’t awful.

The worst was the hit to my wallet! My insurance didn’t cover all of it, and I had to pay the difference.  I was in undergrad at the time–a sophomore in college.  I was home on Spring Break taking care of the dog, and my parents were in Italy!

Post # 8
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

Does temperature trigger it? If hot things bother it and you can pinpoint it as coming from a particular tooth, there’s a chance the tooth may be dying and in need of a RC. If something cold makes it go away or pressure on biting down or even tapping on it with your finger gives you any pain…it could need a root canal.

 That being said….I think having a root canal is far easier than having a simple filling. Once the tooth is numb thoroughly and the old filling removed, the instruments they use to remove the nerve and flush the debris out are nothing. You’ll feel very little (pain wise) during the procedure, but the sounds and smell could bother you. Most often, the only thing you’ll need to take afterwards is Tylenol for any discomfort. If the tooth is infected going in, it may require a few appointments to clean it out, but it’s really not a big thing. People always make it out to be far worse and are usually surprised at how easy it can be. You’ll be fine.

Post # 9
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

mine wasn’t too bad. nothing a few tylenols couldn’t help make bearable. the worse was actually hearing and smelling the drill. but compared to the pain i felt before the procedure, it was a whole lot better.

Post # 10
1056 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’ve had one and I agree the pain you are feeling now is MUCH worse than the root canal tooth being worked on.  BUT it depends on where you need to get it at?  If any are on the top teeth then expect major pain in the roof of the mouth where they have to numb you other than that you wont feel anything.  Also be prepared to eat only on one side for a good couple weeks and Ask for Pain drugs!!  You will need them for a couple days afterwards.  Take motrin before you go in and you’ll be good to go.  The temporary crown and Permant crown aren’t that bad either! The bottom you will just get numbed up.  Also, yes if you have an infection in the tooth you will have to take some antibotics for a few days before they can even work on the tooth.


Let’s put it this way I went in two weeks ago for a root canal and had to walk out with a tooth extration of my first molar on the bottom left…it took a full week before I could fully eat again and my mouth is still healing.   If had done root canal earlier I probably wouldn’t have had this problem.  I still have a few more I have to get a root canal done on. 

I only wish I hadn’t waited so long thinking it was going to be horrible and dreadful…the pain I was in was much more.  Don’t hesitate go asap to get it done.  If you have a good dr.  You won’t feel too much, and all you’ll have to deal w/is keeping ur mouth open and jaw hurting and maybe a small burning smell.

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