Patient Comments: Root Canal - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Nailsbyd, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I had a root canal done one month ago. Two days ago I stated feeling some throbbing in it, today it is so bad I am in tears.

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Comment from: LeanForward, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I got my first and hopefully my last root canal this week. The pain hit a few hours after the anesthesia wore off and I have been in pain for the past two days. The endodontist only killed two of the three roots, so I have to go back in three weeks for the second procedure! Everybody I know who had root canals, said it would be a breeze; not true!

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Comment from: realestatediva, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I just had a root canal done. It was painless during the procedure and during the injections to deaden the area. The dentist, who was a specialist, was simply terrific. He only does this type of work and my regular dentist handled the procedure for putting on a crown to my right lateral tooth. No pain for either procedure. I think this depends on the dentist you choose. I only go to the best and that is what I got. Great experience.

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Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

This root canal procedure is extremely painful. Don't let anyone tell you it is not. Novocain does not stop the pain. I have had two children with no drugs and one bone that remained unset for two days. Root canal is far worse.

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Comment from: Good experience, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I had a root canal just yesterday and I have minimal pain. I take Tylenol 3 twice a day and another medicine, every 8 hours for pain before it hurts, and an antibiotic. It has been good so far but I got it done in Mexico. I did not feel a thing, for just $200 dollars. Guess I was just lucky.

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Comment from: TickedNHighlyConned, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

All I wanted was an extraction ($400). I was pushed into a root canal ($2200) on one tooth. I had severe pain, long wait, and confusion. I'll be glad to get all my teeth out. Whether mini-implants or dentures, it seems as if anything would be better than a root canal again. And I still have to go back for 2 more appointments before the whole process is done!

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Comment from: Kask, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

Prior to my date with the dentist, I was very apprehensive as I had read many root canal horror stories on this site. The first procedure however was not a big deal, 30 minutes and I was done. I was stunned. I thought it would take long. I've been booked for two more appointments so not sure what the future holds.

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Comment from: JennyLove, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

My root canal experience: felt like a filling. No pain, just a long and exhausting procedure. I just did it (4/9/14), and my second appointment is in 4 days.

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Comment from: Martin, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

I had my 1st root canal 3 days ago, and I still have pain, and I'm still taking Vicodin, naproxen, and now ibuprofen for the pain. Friend recently had one, he says he had pain for maybe 2 days, and all he took was ibuprofen, that's it. I'm to the point of just having the tooth pulled.

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