Patient Comments: Root Canal - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with root canal.

Comment from: Diane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I had a filling replaced and it was very sensitive and hurt for about 6 to 8 weeks. There is no infection in tooth, now it is feeling better but my dentist says the tooth died and I need root canal.

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Comment from: Hurting, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

I have had a tooth that is abscessed, has been for a long time. The dentist will not take payments even if I had the money which I don`t. It is 300 for root canal and 500 for crown. Insurance will not pay for any of it, but the doctor wants to pull the tooth. I only have two teeth in the back that I can chew on as I lost my molars. This tooth has been infected for over a year, they just don`t care.

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Comment from: NobodyUKnow, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

I have had about 3 or 4 root canals. The first one was bad, the dentist was not good and had a dirty office. I should have known when I sat down in the waiting room and heard a patient moaning in the back. I had one after that that wasn't bad, and I think another one. However I had one yesterday that was the worst ever. The tooth was not even hurting when I went in but they said I needed one. He started drilling and it was agony. I had him stop. He then stuck a needle I think down into my tooth and canal, it hurt a little, but not much. Then they continued and I didn't feel any pain. I thought that was good, now we're ok. But then I felt some pain again but not too bad. He then, what I think, filled the roots and he pressed whatever it was down and it was awful. All that numbing and after that my jaw was throbbing. Afterwards, I felt a little sore but not bad, and the day after I seem to have a little soreness but it isn't bad at all at this point. My advice is make sure they numb you completely, and really they should knock you out for such a procedure. I think having a tooth pulled is far less painful, especially if you are under general anesthesia.

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Comment from: woodstockrags, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

After going to the dentist for over a month for 1 small cavity, I ended up going 9 times and calling many more. I had the first filling removed and refilled using a white filling instead of silver. They wanted to do the others and I said not if I don't have to. I was still in pain, so they tried to do a filling in the tooth in front of it. They noticed I felt pain where I shouldn't have. I was in even worse pain, so they did the tooth behind it. I disagreed with it and them, saying that that isn't where the pain was, but they said let's get the first of the 2 pains fixed first, so we refilled the 3rd filling. I came back after each having to have them filed down even more. I about shot across the room when they worked on the 2nd tooth. So I would have said something was wrong with that tooth. I went back in saying I was in even more pain so they went in after 3 plus weeks of pain and they told me I had to have a root canal and that they did a partial one on it that day. It was a Thursday. I asked if I needed an antibiotic and they said no, it is infected but it will be fine. Monday morning 4:00 am I was screaming in pain as I tried sitting up in bed. I called and they said they will get me some antibiotics and to continue on the ibuprofen and Tylenol regimen. Thursday I was to have my root canal. He gave me the Novocain and asked me if I could feel my lips and I could; asked if anything was tingly, nope. After 3 1/2 hours, blacking out from feeling all of the pain, and him going to help other patients, I was done and in severe pain. I asked for something, and he said Advil and Tylenol regimen will be just fine. After an un-prescribed pain killer that knocks out migraines, and 2 trips to the emergency room (ER) I could finally talk without bawling and begging for pain relief. Two days later I had to go to ER for pain again even though I was on oxycodone. Infection felt like it was going to the brain. I am sitting at 10 days after the procedure still on pain killers, and was on Advil up to today. My stomach couldn't handle almost 400 medicines in a little over a month's time. I have diarrhea, a bad stomach ache and I still hurt in the mouth. I can't chew on that side, and anything in the mouth hurts. I went in 1 time for it to fit the bite; they might have done a root canal on the wrong tooth!

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Comment from: dede, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

My root canal was on tooth number 30, the right back lower molar. I was referred to an endodontist since I had a filing and a crown on top of a cracked tooth. My dentist felt like it was worth saving, but for about USD 2,000! The endodontist's nitrous oxygen machine was broke so I had 3 painful shots before the procedure and 2 during. I still felt a lot of pressure and pulling. Now I have to go back. I wish I had it pulled, against the advice of 2 dentists. It was too much pain and expense, and 12 hours later, it's still hurting even after taking double hydrocodone tablets for a knee replacement.

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Comment from: ginny morris r., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I had root canal on two front teeth a year ago that have not stopped hurting despite being opened and redone several times. Dental specialists (3 of them) say it is neuralgia and pain control is treatment plan, but after a year of believing this I still can't touch two teeth that are supposed to have dead nerves in them! The same thing happened to my first ever root canal and I had it pulled and all pain stopped. I will never have another root canal done, and almost everyone I have talked to who have had them eventually lose the tooth anyway. I know I need to have these 2 teeth pulled but with the 'experts' saying there is nothing wrong with the teeth it is so hard to do it. But my guy says the pain will go away once the teeth are gone. Root canals are just a money maker for dentists.

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