Post # 1
The pain I’m experiencing comes every hour and lasts about 10 minutes. It’s excruciating. It’s just strange to have it come on like clockwork. My dentist gave me amoxicillin, vicodin and instructions on how to rotate between acetaminphen/ibueprofen so I don’t over lap or overdose. Endodontist appointment is Monday. What can I expect with the consult and root canal appointment?
Post # 3
I’ve had a root canal and it’s not that bad. Maybe 10% worse pain than a cavity? It is fairly uncomfortable because it’s long, but not nearly as bad as other people made it out to be. I didn’t have any pain before it though. It sounds like yours is pretty bad! I hope you feel better soon!
Post # 4
@mnp: Are you actually having the root can al at this appointment? Or just a consultation?
here is a description of the procedure:
I have had a couple of root canals. They didn’t hurt a bit and afterwards there was no discomfort at all.
Post # 5
I had a root canal and honestly it wasn’t that bad.
EDIT: Please excuse my dumbness…I was doing two things as once. I was reading root canal and thinking wisdom teeth! So very sorry! 😛
A root canal is just a slightly more intense filling really. You probably won’t have any real pain, maybe a dull ache. You will probably feel better in a day or so.
Post # 6
Dry socket is only a risk when a tooth is extracted. The tooth is not removed with a root canal. The tooth is drilled and the pulp removed.
Post # 7
@julies1949: It is a consult and a root canal was scheduled at the same time. They want to be ready if my tooth is severly infected to take care of it then and there.
@Treejewel19: I have to drag my butt into work on Monday because my last day at work is Tuesday. Blah.
@Pearberry: The pain is pretty bad. When it hits, I have to sit down and it makes me tear up.
Post # 8
root canals are nbd, i had two of them, one when i was in middle school because i serverely chipped a tooth. i thikn the worst part is the needle of novicane, after that you do not feel anything, and if you do, they will give you more novicane!
Post # 9
@ssilva1: Ah, good to know!
Post # 10
I have had only 1 cavity, and it was a root canal (go figure), so I can’t compare it to a regular cavity. However, I had mine done by my regular dentist and it was no prob. They numbed my gums with a spray before injecting the anesthetic, and I felt absolutely nothing. The only painful part was my mouth/jaw hurt so bad from being propped open for 1.5 hours. I didn’t even need the Vicodin afterward – ibuprofen worked fine for me.
Also Public Service Announcement (as a pharmacist), don’t take Vicodin with Tylenol. The Vicodin already has 300 mg of Tylenol in it. You can take it safely with ibuprofen though. 🙂
Post # 11
Have you ever had a cavity filled? A root canal is like that, except it takes a bit longer. For a root canal, you’ll need at least two appointments (not including a consult). And you may need to get a crown after. It’s not tooo bad, but definitely not fun! Good luck!!
Post # 12
@LindyLu: My bff also a pharmacist has been telling me the same thing about Tylenol and Vicodin. So, I stop taking Tylenol when I take the Vicodin. // Ick. I wonder if I’ll have mouth/jaw pain. When I had my wisdom teeth extracted, I had really bad brusing.
Post # 13
@Pearberry: 1+ i had a root canal less then a month ago. it wasn’t bad at all
Post # 14
I had a root canal about a year ago. It really isn’t as bad as people make it out to be.
Mine was very painful because I had a severe infection in my gum — Novocain does not bond well to nerve endings when there is an infection, so I needed six doses of novocain to properly numb my mouth. If you do not have a severe infection like I did, you’ll have a much better time.
Once the actual root canal began, it wasn’t that big of a deal until she started digging around in particular spots. I’d just raise my hand, she’d numb me again and go back to work. It took a long time, though. Maybe two or so hours? I was very groggy and numbed up from the novocain, it took me about fourtyfive minutes to drive home (My husband couldn’t come get me.)
The aftermath, people claim their “dead tooth” feels different after a root canal. I really can’t tell the difference.
Lucky you actually got pain meds! I was told to grin and bear it, haha. My husband had some vicodin from his wisdom tooth extraction, so I simply took one and slept off the pain.
Post # 15
I’ve had two root canals (it’s genetic I swear, I floss every night!). neither were as bad as the pain you’re currently having! I’ve had mine done all at once (root canal and cap), and had one where they had to do it sequentially (root canal at one appointment, cap at the next). it’s honestly not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. there is some pain, but mostly discomfort. I was able to eat right afterwards too. the one thing with root canals is that they are expensive – hopefully your insurance covers it.
Post # 16
@mnp: I didn’t have any bruising or swelling. It was just stiff/sore, if that makes sense. But the actual tooth area didn’t really hurt at all, and I was back to eating normal foods within a few days. You have to be careful though because they usually put a temporary crown on while they get your custom one made/ordered.