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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I just had my first root canal done today on a molar (#15) and I am in a lot of pain, the procedure was not that bad compare to the pain afterwards, I asked the doctor to prescribe me something strong and he said I would not need it, well he was wrong. On top of that I did not research enough before seeing him, and surprise, I have to see a different dentist to install the crown which will cost me in the neighborhood of $450 to $ 500 besides the $600 I paid for the root canal. I am disgusted to say the least, I advised anyone who is going to need this done to do your homework and avoid going to 3 different dentists and paying almost $2,000 for a procedure that it is both painful and long.

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Comment from: toothless, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had a root canal over 40 years ago on a front tooth. The tooth started to cause pain, the dentist took an x-ray which showed nothing. With in a few days the tooth abscessed, the dentist drained the abscess and I was told I would lose the tooth and would have to either have a bridge or implant. I had the tooth pulled but decided against the implant because of cost and I am going with the bridge. As the x-rays showed nothing I wonder if it was really necessary to remove the tooth. It did not hurt after it was drained but causes me discomfort now with the temporary bridge. I am sorry that I did not pursue other options that may have not caused me to lose the tooth, as I do not have gum disease. I was told that I had a split root although I can not find any such condition. I suggest that anyone pursue all options before going ahead with procedures unless you know for sure that it is your only option.

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Comment from: sharkey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I had a root canal about 1 1/2 years ago at a local dentist who had been recommended to me. It was a cracked molar that had been sensitive to pressure, cold and hot for some time. After the procedure, and a normal amount of time for the soreness to go away, I was still experiencing sensitivity. I went back several times. He kept x-raying it and told me that the tooth looked fine. Well, it was not fine. Just recently, I developed a really bad toothache in that tooth. My new dentist immediately sent me to an endodontist, who discovered that the first dentist completely missed a root canal (he did 3 canals; the tooth had 4). I had a serious abscess that I am taking strong antibiotics to clear up, so he can finish the procedure in a few weeks. I am considering filing a complaint with the state Board of Dental Examiners, but first, I am trying to find out if this constitutes incompetence on his part. It seems to me that, after going back several times complaining of pain, he would have sent me to a specialist to get it checked out, but that never even came up. The expense and pain have been off the charts.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 02

I have had 3 root canals and all have gone very smoothly. My latest one (this morning) was the hardest one to do. I started having jaw, mouth, and ear pain about 2 months earlier that would come and go. Initially, I thought it was TMJ because I tend to grind my teeth. My original dentist took an x-ray which showed I had a bad infection in my top molar. After trying for an hour to numb me, he referred me to an Endodontist. He then tried to numb me also, to no avail. The new x-ray that the specialist took showed a major infection and inflammation, which was blocking the Novocaine from taking effect. I was put on antibiotics and steroids and returned a week later. This time he was able to numb me enough to do all four roots within the molar. He was seriously a miracle worker! The worst part was keeping my mouth open for an hour. I felt maybe two seconds of a little bit of pain when he first began, but then nothing. He put in a temporary filling that will last 1-2 months and then I go back to my regular dentist for the crown. After the procedure I had no pain, just a tiny bit of soreness in my jaw. I haven't even had to take any pain medication.

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Published: May 08

I had a partial root canal it took about an hour, I went back to finish it on 4/27 it took 3 hours of shoving metal in and out of my tooth, warm tool that he heated up, he said that it looks like a wet noodle coming out of a straw. He took x-rays 3 times on my left molar, then I was told that I would be getting another partial and would have to come back on 5/9. The numbing lasted about 3 hours after the partial procedure, but once the numbing went away, my tooth started throbbing. The gums around the tooth hurts. It felt as if I were to put the tiniest bit of pressure on that tooth my gums were going to EXPLODE. 2 and a half days later my mouth is swollen, all along the left side of my jaw aches, Tylenol works for about an hour and then you are up out of bed in the middle of the night wanting more Tylenol. AHHHH hopefully when I get my actual root canal done which they said won't last as long as it did (3 hrs.). It won't hurt like it does now. I do not like root canals and I don't have a problem with dentists either. R.C. just suck and so do the after effects.

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Comment from: blueangel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had my first root canal a few days ago from an endo diplomat in Concord, CA. I am new to CA and I was referred to him by a regular DDS after my jaw swelled near my mouth (no pain or infection, just swelling) when she drilled a molar in prep for a crown. The endo conned me into believing that the swelling was due to 2 other teeth that needed "emergency root canals immediately." It later became obvious that the swelling was simply due to the initial DDS hitting a blood vessel with her injection as a huge bruise appeared on my jaw a few days later and the swelling subsided. Ultimately, the endo did one unnecessary root canal on a molar, threw in a temp filling, charged me almost $1300 and referred me back to the initial DDS for a filling and crown.

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