Patient Comments: Root Canal - Describe Your Experience

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Comment from: Wendy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I went to the dentist in June to have a tooth fixed that had broken. While he was fixing the tooth he broke the tooth next to it. I was in severe pain. I was given tramadol and hydrocodone. It didn't help. I was put on antibiotics. A partial root canal was done. I went back again yesterday for the 6th time. He refused to pull the tooth. I am in so much pain. I use a heating pad, ice, and ibuprofen. He just prescribed Tylenol with codeine. I just graduated nursing school and am still training at my job. I can't call in. I just want it pulled! I can't eat, sleep or drink anything without having pain. It is ridiculous!

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Comment from: Trish, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 07

Recently, the filling from my lower left 3rd molar came out. I saw a new dentist who had recently purchased my long time dentist's practice. He filled the tooth, but the filling must have irritated me because within a month I had removed it with dental floss. I returned to the dentist and he filled it again, but said I may need a crown because of the size of the filling. This time the filling did not bother me, but six months later, unfortunately, I again removed it with dental floss. This time my new dentist prepared it for a crown. The root canal took an hour and a number of injections before he could numb the area to prepare for a crown. Finally, he was able to prepare it and put on a temporary crown. However, something was wrong. My cheek swelled and bruised. My jaw was painful to open. I was out of town so I called him and am currently on an antibiotic. Last night, two weeks later, I worked until I could remove the temporary crown that appeared to be totally imbedded in swollen and inflamed gums. Finally, in spite of the exposed tooth, I feel a sense of relief. Tomorrow, I'm supposed to have the crown put on. I'm nervous and have never experienced this with previous crowns. I've already paid for the procedure and the crown.

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Comment from: Chris S, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 19

I just had a root canal done yesterday 5-17-2016. I can tell you this I didn't feel a thing! A root canal is nothing, it took about 45 minutes and today the next day I feel great! If you just keep waiting that's where you will have issues! Believe me, it is better than having a tooth pulled!

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Comment from: KathrynG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I had a tooth break and went to the dentist. He said I needed a root canal on two other teeth, not the one that originally broke. I had root canals done on both teeth the same day. I went home with prescribed antibiotics and I felt fine at first. The next day I started to notice a little swelling, and it just got worse. The procedure was performed Thursday and by Friday night my face was huge. The swelling was so severe I could not see out of one eye. The pain was terrible. I called the dentist and did not hear back until Monday. The receptionist was terrible. She was defensive and not at all sympathetic, she actually said they did everything right. When I talked to the dentist, he prescribed a new antibiotic. I am taking it now. However, the whole process was terribly unpleasant and expensive. There has to be a better way.

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Comment from: Jack R., 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 19

Recently, I had a root canal for the very first time in my life. The tooth was cracked some time ago, but I chose to ignore it. A mistake, but I never had any pain on that tooth. After careful consideration, I made the decision to go see a dentist. He examined the tooth along with the rest of my teeth and laid out a plan to get everything that needed to be done. Well, I am not afraid of dentist or pain, but I had not been to one in a very long time. So, I was nervous. Perhaps apprehensive, but I went. Once he numbed me up, after 15 minutes or so, he started the procedure. Aside from just a few small sensations, I felt pretty good. He had to do a filling first and clean the area up a little, but once he was done and the nerve was out, nothing after that. Now, he made the temporary crown. This took longer than the root canal itself. However, no pain. The whole affair lasted about 2 hours, total time. After the procedure, I was very numb, but no pain at all. Once the numbing shot wore off, again, no pain. Except my tongue which I accidently bit while taking the bite impression. I took one 800 Motrin. That's it. Plus one 4 mg steroid pill. Which I later regretted because that made me very hungry. Honestly folks, no two people will have the same experiences. All I can say is trust your gut instincts. Do not be afraid. Cooperate with the dentist while he or she is doing the procedure. It really makes a difference. Not all dentist are good or even great. Mine was excellent. I had no real pain during or after the root canal. I have a very high tolerance for pain, but that can be a good thing or a bad thing. Just depends. The only thing to fear is fear itself.

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