Post # 1
My tooth has been killing me. Back in sept I had a filling replaced and the dentist told me I might need a root canal. fast fwd to a cleaning 4 weeks ago where they took xrays and my new dentist told me there is decay under the new filling (grrrrrrr) ! For the past few days my tooth has been hurting to the point I made an appointment to see my dentist tomorrow. We are leaving for our destination wedding in just over 4 weeks…. I don’t want a root canal at all, but I definately don’t want one 5 weeks before my wedding!! Everyone is telling me just to get the tooth pulled instead.
What to do!?
Post # 3
I highly recommend a root canal over having it pulled!! I have had both done – and the root canal is definitely worth doing if that is an option. The pain is not that bad – not as bad as I thought – though I would have an endodontist do it instead of your regular dentist, since root canals are all they do all day. I took the day of the root canal off work and worked from home the day after- it will be sore and you will be on prescription painkillers for a few days, but you should be fine in time for your wedding and it will be great not to be in pain on your honeymoon!
With the tooth being pulled – depending on its location it would probably be recommended that you have an implant put in – which is crazy expensive, even if you have dental insurance. Plus the implant process takes months and months – mine has been going on for over a year b/c of the healing process between stages.
Since I’ve gone through both a root canal and a tooth pull I’d be happy to give you more info if you have questions – just PM me and I’ll help however I can.
Post # 4
Don’t have it pulled!! Save the tooth if you — an implant is MUCH much worse! I’ve had 3 root canals, 2 on top and 1 on the bottom. The two top ones were trickier and hurt for a couple of months, but I was eating solid food again after a week. The bottom one was a piece of cake and it only took a few days of painkillers to recover fully.
One note of caution — you’ll probably need a crown, and a permanent crown can take 3 weeks to come in. Be sure to ask your dentist about this and be sure you get the permanent before you leave on your honeymoon. You don’t want to have to worry about a temporary.
Post # 5
Who is telling you to have it pulled?! Bad advice. Get the root canal. When I had one done, I was back at work with no problems the very next day. Very minor pain, nothing that Tylenol couldn’t take care of.
Post # 6
I only have 4 weeks before we leave for the wedding and don’t get home until july 10, so I don’t think I have time to get the crown done as well if I need it. My fi’s little sister (a dental therapist) said the dentist should be able to put in a temp filling adn I can have the crown done in july when we’re back. I am so nervous.
Post # 7
Yeah, you can definitely have a temporary. I bet you can get the permanent crown done if you get the root canal done this week, though; my permanent only took 3 weeks to come in, and they might be able to speed that up for you.
Good luck — don’t be too nervous. It’s a weird sensation but you shouldn’t be in any pain; if you are, make them numb you up a little more. You will be SO happy not to have that toothache any more!
Post # 8
I’d go for the root canal. I’ve had… let me count… 4 and they DON’T HURT AT ALL! It’s just like having a filling. Once the root canal is done & the crown is put on you’ll be all set! See if your dentist can do it all in one appointment so that it’s done faster! Also, I’ve never been on painkillers for the root canals, just Tylenol or Advil. People hype root canals up to being horrible painful experiances but they really aren’t!
For the first 3 root canals I had I never had a crown put on (the dentist didn’t say I needed it), so you can probably wait until you get back to do the crown. I had a root canal done a few weeks ago and only go back on June 1st for the crown, so it can wait a bit. 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 9
5 weeks is plenty of time to heal up. You’ll be ok, just a little sore for a couple of weeks.
Post # 10
Get the root canal! I had two done at one time and I had no pain at all.
Post # 11
There is no reason why the crown can’t be in place well before you wedding. I found out I needed a root canal and had it done the same day. It was perfect, and while it was still uncomfortable for a few days it was TONS better than the pain of the infected tooth!
But, at the VERY least, get the root canal and a temporary filling. You will be miserable if you don’t! The pain only gets worse the longer you wait!
Post # 12
Thanks everyone!! I am still worried, and my appointment is today. I forgot to grab a relaxer before I left home this morning, so hopefully I won’t be too anxious!!
Post # 13
How did it go? Was it as horrible as you thought? I don’t know where this myth came about that root canals were the most awful thing in the world. It’s not FUN, but it’s not as bad as getting a tooth pulled!
Caps aren’t usually ever placed on right away.. are they? You just have to be careful about what you eat: avoid nuts & popcorn until you get your crown! I know someone who had their molar break in half (ick) while waiting to put a crown on…
Always, always try to save your tooth. Pulling should always be a last option! I’m glad you chose to go through with it. The pain is the root dying & I believe it only gets worse with time!
Post # 14
Get the root canal. It’s not painful like they make it out to be, unless you have a bad dental surgeon.LOL I had my root canal and was fine. I had my wisdom teeth pulled and THAT was ten times worse.