Patient Comments: Root Canal - Describe Your Experience

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Please describe your experience with a root canal. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Verity, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

Please don't worry about root canal procedure! I just had it done on my 2nd right, bottom molar and it didn't hurt at all. Obviously the needles are not pleasant, but you will be completely numb and you won't feel anything painful, just sounds and pressure. My after experience was perfect, I have no complaints. The numbing wore off and I felt absolutely fine like nothing had even been done. I am so relieved I did it and can guarantee it is better than having the whole tooth out. I encourage you to get it done as I now have absolutely no pain when I was in an awful amount before.

Comment from: Jane, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 14

I just had root canal yesterday. The dentist was tired and he hadn't finished his job. I have a little pain which was better than the pain at the beginning. Still I have to take Advil. Lucky, with the insurance cover that I went to 4 dentists before, they all said I would not be covered. I don't know how many days I will suffer with pain.

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!

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.

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!

Comment from: halamka, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 15

I have several crowns and several missing teeth. I moved and stopped cleaning when I was 17. Just now I removed some nerve out of a wisdom tooth. A large hole. Lower right. I was waiting for replacement picks. I used a green floss pick. Pick around, not direct center.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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Comment from: rabeel, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 23

I just had a root canal, this was a very old infection in front tooth. It cost me 2350 AED and 3 visits. The procedure was not painful but the infection was really bad and once it started swelling it was agony, and no pain killer worked at all. The antibiotic which I took was amoxicillin 1000. The first painkiller was Brufen which did not work at all, and the new one was diclofenac potassium which could control the pain for only 3 hours, and then again it became terrible. Dental pain is something you cannot do anything about; even local anesthesia will work for 4 hours and then the same again. The root was cleared, and then refilled again and tooth was restored but my dentist suggested to take a crown on the tooth. I will go back to Pakistan and then will see what I can afford.

Comment from: Chuck, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I had my first root canal in 06/2015. The procedure itself was not painful at all but after the Novocain wore off the pain started. I'm taking antibiotics for the infection I was told I had. I can't even close my mouth tooth to tooth and I don't know how long this pain is going to last.

Comment from: Cheryl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had a root canal done through my crown. They drilled a little bitty hole through crown and did the canal. I have had pain in that tooth since that day. Actually my tooth does not hurt but my gums and up to jaw bone are very sensitive. I went back and they say nothing is wrong with it. I know that I am going to lose this tooth. Like everybody says, I wish they would have pulled the tooth from the start, but of course the dentist discourages this because they would not make any money on a tooth that isn't there.

Comment from: Moggy, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

To add to my opinion on this, I recently had a root canal done on a lower first molar. I chose my dentist carefully, he also works as a mouth surgeon. Experience is key. I was thoroughly anaesthetized (locally) and the entire procedure was carried out painlessly in 80 minutes. Three canals widened, cleaned, filled and then sealed with a permanent filling on top. I have a little bit of soreness (2nd day after) but it seems to be going.

Comment from: crosscheck, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 16

I had a root canal done 6 days ago. It was done on a Thursday. On Friday I had a little swelling. By Saturday the whole right side of my face had swelled up and the pain was unbearable. Since it was the weekend I went to the emergency room. They prescribed be some antibiotics and some pain medication. It is now Wednesday and I am still in pain. The swelling is limited to an area above the tooth and below the eye. It does not seem to be getting any better or worse. Hoping it gets better soon because the pain medications are not doing much.

Comment from: atlbeachgal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I think the only people that post here had a negative experience. So I thought I would write a good one. Was it the most pleasant thing; no. Was it painful; no. I had my root canal yesterday 3/23/15. I took 3 mg of Xanax going in so I was very relaxed. The doctor took a lot of time numbing me and making super sure I was super numb. I had my earbuds in with music blaring so I wouldn't hear the drilling. I had no pain whatsoever. I went home and slept and when I woke up 6 hours later there was some tenderness around my gums, but no tooth pain. Please note I am terrified of dentists so this wasn't easy for me. I cried at the thought of it, I teared up while I was in the dentist's office, but I did it and I saved a tooth.

Comment from: Happy Patient, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

The root canal procedure was no more difficult for me than a regular filling has been. I was apprehensive because of my age, the extent of the infection, and the location of the tooth. My dentist wouldn't even attempt the root canal procedure. My gums were sore and the infection was still very serious when I went for my appointment today. I had been on antibiotics for a week but the infection had not responded well. I had talked with my doctor and my endodontist about an extraction, but both of them thought the tooth could and should be saved because it is functional. The only problem I have 6 hours later is tenderness in my jaw from my mouth being open for an hour while he worked on that tooth. I am relieved and grateful to have an endodontist save my tooth.

Comment from: kitty alpuche, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had toothache on a molar tooth that had filling and I went to check with my dentist. He told me I need root canal, so I went 5 days ago and half of the process was done. Two days after I started with pain and swelling, I contacted the dentist and he said it was normal. I was given amoxicillin and ibuprofen. I still have pain and swelling.

Comment from: Brownie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 05

It was a boring root canal as per endodontist, which was good. I had no pain during procedure. I was given a small second injection after being tested for reaction to cold on infected tooth, before endodontist began drilling procedure. He was very concerned I was kept pain free. Procedure lasted two hours. Amount was USD 2840 for a molar and a bicuspid.

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Comment from: Dee1980, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

My back molars have always had a space between them and as a child I wanted to get braces to push them together. The dentist then said that it is better if they were like that so that bacteria couldn't stay there. What they didn't take into account is the fact that food can get stuck there and between the gum and tooth and that causes holes. End of last year my 2nd back molar crown section broke off in half. As my medical was finished for the year I didn't go and have it fixed, but I went to my dentist yesterday and I am so sorry that I left it for that long. He gave me 2 injections and eventually I lost feeling in my mouth. Even when he was cleaning the tooth it was sensitive. He took x-ray and said that the back tooth also needs to be looked at. He told me that he will have to do a root canal on both of them. That was the worst pain that I have ever felt. I normally just lie all relaxed and don't feel a thing, not even the needle with the anesthetic. You know the sharp pain feeling you get when you eat or drink something ice cold or very hot; that is what it felt like when he was drilling the hole in the nerve. It was so bad that he had to stop in the middle of the first tooth to tell me that whatever happens, I mustn't try and grab the stuff out my mouth. Once he made the hole and injected something into the nerve it wasn't bad. He then proceeded with the second one. I have to go back in 6 weeks as I have a temporary filling. I will rather have that done once per tooth (if ever needed again) than have the tooth pulled as some of you are saying. My reason for saying this is, I had my last molar pulled and the top tooth has grown longer and is breaking my second one in bits and pieces. I now have to have the top tooth pulled.

Comment from: buncoladee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I had a root canal today on a rear molar, I had no infection he said, but I had a tooth ache for about two weeks prior. First it was just hot and cold that bothered me and then it was everything. He put numbing gel first before all the shots, which were many and the procedure itself I was numb for. I have been taking hydrocodone and it doesn't touch the pain of this tooth that is supposed to be dead! It is Friday night and the dentist is not open until Monday! Yikes, I am in so much pain, I had natural child birth three times and this pain is worse!

Comment from: Epicpai13, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 12

They sat me down for about 30 minutes. At first it was horrible since I had excruciating toothache on the way to the dentist. However after I had about 2 to 3 anesthetics I felt perfectly fine. The procedure barely gave me any pain and I was relieved. However the second she started cleaning out the pulp I was back in pain; she pushed down on a nerve. When it was over I have had no toothache to the present day. The procedure was around 7 weeks ago.

Comment from: E615, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I had a root canal on 8/29 and my wisdom tooth behind that tooth removed on 9/5. Do you want to know what pain feels like! First of all I almost felt all of the root canal. A week later when I got the wisdom tooth pulled I almost immediately got dry socket. I grind my teeth at night and the root canal temporary crown was actually too high (which caused throbbing pain). I will never ever in life get my wisdom tooth removed nor will I get a root canal again. It's been too long and I should have no pain by now as it has been 2 weeks since any dental work. This is terrible.

Comment from: Espanaqa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I just got a root canal done for the first time and it was easier than getting a cavity filled. Number 30, a molar, was filled a while back the decay was too deep. I didn't feel the pain until months later. I called me dentist and set up an appointment, three days later a small pain became a large pain that wasn't affect by medicines so I called to push up my appointment. All they had was Monday morning so I had to wait the weekend. Monday after x-rays they sent me next door to a specialist. The right side of my jaw was painfully swollen. They fit me in for an emergency root canal and it was so easy. They had me numbed quickly and they worked with great skill. Today two days later though, my face is even more swollen and painful. The swelling is now under my jaw bone. None of the medicines I have been told to take is helping. And my root canal part two is in a week.

Comment from: HAPPYGAL, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I had my first (and last ever) root canal done a few days ago. It was a bottom front tooth. I wish they had just pulled it out! After the Novocain wore off I felt like my entire lower jaw had been hit by a baseball bat! My chin was swollen up, throbbing, and extremely sore to the touch. The dentist was off the 3 days (this was on a Thursday) but thank goodness I had an emergency number. So she called in some Vicodin and antibiotics for me. For the next 3 days I was immobile and couldn't eat. I had always heard rumors about root canals but honestly thought it was all just hype. But I will never, ever get another one done!

Comment from: nobiggie, 45-54 (Patient) Published: July 11

I've had four root canals, one on my front tooth today. Three were molars and done by an oral surgeon while I was anesthetized and this one done by a very experienced dentist at his office. I was careful to clean my teeth well and use mouthwash before seeking dental care and made sure I did not have any active infections that needed antibiotics. The canal today was large and I had some pain in my nose, but more irritating than painful and it's going away. Being sure you have a good dentist is critical. The worst dental care I ever got was while I had dental insurance. Seek out good dentists. Look for things like years of experience, mine was a navy dentist and terrific and reasonably priced. I'm so glad I saved my teeth. My crowns are over twenty years old and still not leaking. They are porcelain. Pulling teeth can just cause to lose bone instead of teeth and screw up all your teeth.

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Comment from: Pam, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I had my first root canal today on a lateral incisor, I'd heard so many horror stories about root canals and was stressed out of my mind and it honestly was painless. Time went by fast, my dentist did an amazing job and the staff was wonderful. Once he froze me, time flew by and there was no pain at all!

Comment from: cheekycub, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I had my first ever root canal today and I can honestly say it will also be my last. I was warned by the dentist that I may feel pain for a second or two while she was pulling the nerve. Ok, felt that and she said the rest is boring procedure. So that was ok, until it came to packing the tooth. She used whatever instruments they use to push down into the tooth and I screamed every time even though she said it "shouldn't hurt"... yeah, easy for you to say, you aren't the one with it being done. Then when it came time for the cement, that was in one word excruciating, and every time she pushed cement down I was screaming with the pain shooting up through my gums into my face. Apparently I had lots of anesthetic and shouldn't have felt any pain during that part of the procedure but it was the most pain I have ever felt in my life. Needless to say I will never repeat that experience at a dentist office and the only way I'd get one done in the future is through an endodontic specialist and only if they put me to sleep. I might add this was not my regular dentist and I will not be getting anything else done by this doctor.

Comment from: Entropy666, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had my first root canal about two weeks ago. It was not infected but a very inflamed root. I had pain immediately after, while still numb. I took a Percocet and was fine the next day. The tooth remained sensitive and I just had the crown on today. I am already feeling pain while still numb and just took another Percocet. I don"t know how long it will take this tooth to settle down. The molar next to it also had pain but I opted to wait and pull it if it doesn"t settle down. I will never have another root canal. I will pull the tooth before going through this again.

Comment from: randy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

I went in for a root canal and a crown, after about 3 hours into it, the doctor suggested I either extract the tooth or go to an oral surgeon. After being told it was $54 dollars to extract or 2K for the surgeon, I extracted the tooth, got infected and went through 3 rounds of antibiotics. For over a month I felt like a bus had hit me, was told to just take over-the-counter pain medicines, which did nothing. After a month and a half I went back for my bridge, spent another 3 hours on the chair, the dentist was grinding on my other teeth to try and make it fit, ended up not fitting and was told the adjacent tooth needed a root canal. After all the grinding to shape it for the bridge they hit the nerve. As of now I am going to get a second opinion before letting them do another root canal, I'm already out by about $800; my company pays with insurance.

Comment from: WOW!!, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I have had a root canal done on one tooth years ago. After the procedure I felt great and hardly had any pain. This time I had extreme pain on one of my molars and went to the dentist. I needed a root canal. Well, let me tell you after the root canal was done and the Novocain wore off I was in so much pain I almost went to the emergency room. Cannot even explain the pain it hurt so badly! My suggestion to someone who has sudden problems with teeth, get it fixed immediately! Do not wait! All of my pain was due to not getting my tooth fixed 2 years ago. I will never wait again! This has been more pain than giving birth to my 3 children, seriously!

Comment from: Pfdteach1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I had felt as if something was starting to bother me in the upper left front part of my face, went to an oral surgeon and he sent me to dentist. He couldn"t find anything on x-rays, I waited 2 days and it worsened. I went back to the dentist, and part 1 of a root canal was done. Twenty four hours later I felt like my face was going to explode, I had deep pain and throbbing to no end. I wound up taking a Percocet that I had left over from a knee surgery, and I finally got to sleep. This is torture! I will be going back to the dentist tomorrow morning because today is Sunday, to get this fixed. I should have had the tooth pulled.

Comment from: hexxuss, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

Having had a root canal about 2 months ago, it"s very fresh in my memory. I had a very bad infection, and considering that I"ve only had 1 filling before (due to breaking a tooth in 1/2) this was all very new. I lost count after the 9th shot and they used every numbing agent in the office. I just toughed my way through the 1st part (pulpectomy) and antibiotic was put directly on to the infection and a temporary filling was put in. After the antibiotics were done, was the root canal. I had very painful shots, about 5 or 6. I didn"t feel a thing during the procedure. However, 12 hours later, and for the next 3 days, I felt like I got hit in the face with a sledgehammer. Never again! Bad tooth? Tough - tear it out, because that is never happening a second time.

Comment from: Dawgfan165, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 04

I had a crowned molar that had been crowned many years back. The crown came off due to some decay underneath. The dentist cleaned out the tooth and re-crowned it. Fast forward about 3 months. I started having pain in the molar, constant throbbing. Went to an oral surgeon who x-rayed it and saw an abscess at the bottom of the tooth. I went to an endodontist the next day. He drilled through the crown, did the root canal and put in a temporary filling. He told me to see my dentist to get it filled. About 3 days later, I ended up in the hospital with a raging infection in my jaw and face. I was in the hospital for 5 days, IVs of morphine, antibiotics, muscle relaxers and steroids because my jaw locked up. Part of my gum died which took about 2 months for my jaw to heal. I should be going next week to get the temporary tooth filled. What a pain!

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Comment from: wyominboy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 26

I"ve had 2 root canals on both a primary and a secondary molar. It was not a pleasant experience by any means and if I had it to do over I probably would have simply had the teeth extracted. I had nothing but problems with both teeth after the root canal procedure and had to go back for more surgery. Both molars never felt normal again and both were very sensitive after the procedures. There was always a lingering pain when chewing on those teeth. The life of one molar after root canal was about 5 years and the other was about 2 years before they eventually became re-infected and had to be extracted. I"ll have to admit that I only brush my teeth once per day and hardly ever floss, so my dental hygiene is not the best. Anyway that was my experience for what it"s worth. At my age, I would never have another root canal (I"m 58), I would simply have the tooth extracted at that point.

Comment from: pm28486, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 03

I had a root canal done today; worst experience. I hate everything about going to the dentist and watching a video of how the procedure is done the night before probably wasn't a good idea as well. I had an anesthetic shot 7 times during my 3 hour procedure, because I kept on feeling the pain. Also seeing the tools my dentist was working with and the smell/sound had me going crazy. After taking 5 ibuprofens and 1pill of codeine I can say the pain is slowly getting better. Hope no one else experiences what I did.

Comment from: anne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

I had my 3rd root canal over 9 days ago on a back molar. After 3 days the pain just got worse daily. I took 3 Advil every 3 hours. The doctor then prescribed a stronger medicine with codeine. It still hurts terribly. He just prescribed an antibiotic. I am thinking I should have had that in the first place. I'm ready to pull this tooth if I don't get relief soon. It flares up every time I eat or drink and I haven't chewed on that side in over a week. I'm not happy.

Comment from: Ttonyjan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 09

A 2nd root in tooth was found while having root canal. So it required a lot more time to remove the root. It was very painful after the procedure. I am now 2 days post root canal, pain has eased up, but still have swelling. The swelling has eased up but now I found new swelling on my neck just below where root canal was done. I will call the doctor this morning and see what he has to say.

Comment from: Mrs Hurt, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 15

The molar root canal I had a few days ago and also apparently an abscess treated is now painful even with pain killers. There is a residue of pain in my tongue and jaw. The procedure was fine and afterward, things seemed normal. I haven't slept much due to pain and medication doses. I have had only juices and soft foods and now antibiotics and pain killers do not seem to be working.

Comment from: Jane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I just had my first root canal today on a lower molar. The tooth had been sensitive to heat, cold, and pressure for a long time. I had a crack also. I found that the rubber mouth guard helped a lot in keeping my mouth open, so it didn't take much effort. The worst part was the nervousness at the beginning -- mostly for nothing -- and the needles, not because they were painful, but because I needed four of them to get my tooth numb enough to work on. At the very beginning of the drilling, I felt a tiny little bit of pain, but it quickly went away. The dentist said, “From here on, it's just boring,” and he was right. The drilling, filing, and cleaning had to be repeated over and over, and it did take a lot of time. After the canals were all cleaned out, he took another X-ray and said it had come out alright. Then he filled each canal with filling material and used what he called a "warm instrument" that made stinky smoke and sealed the material. The entire left side of my mouth, tongue, and lips were more numb than they'd ever felt in my life, but otherwise I felt fine. I came home and was able to eat dinner, chewing on one side. Now, three hours and 400 mg of ibuprofen later, I am feeling comfortable. I have no soreness or jaw pain, just a little tenderness around the tooth area itself, which he told me to expect for a few days. All in all, this was not as bad as I thought it was going to be!

Comment from: JOE, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I still have pain were my root canal was done in the lower gum line. When x-rays were taken he told me it is still healing and it has been at least 6 years now. The pain comes and goes from time to time.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: Espamarina, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

Whilst in Spain for three months, I had such painful toothache along my upper and lower left jaw that I had to find a dentist. He took an x-ray which revealed an infected nerve. He gave me antibiotics and I returned five days later for root canal treatment. He was very careful and there was little pain which he controlled with anesthesia. I returned again five days later for a permanent filling. Two days from then, everything feels fine.

Comment from: chidz, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My dentist told me that in order to save my lower molar, it had to undergo through the process of root canal. Though I didn't have any idea of what I was all about I agreed. I was really desperate in saving my molar that I went for it for 4 thousand pesos. (it's supposed to be 5k, but since she's been my dentist for years, she reduced the charge). Now, I already had 7 sessions. A temporary pasta was put this morning. She told me that she will already close it permanently after 6 days. Now, I am just wondering why she didn't remove any nerve in my molar. She just cleaned it with oxygenated water. It had puss so she said that injecting oxygenated water will remove it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I had heard horror stories of root canals, so I discussed them with my dentist. He said they were no problem. I was not nervous; I tolerant pain well. I had the root canal five days ago, and when the Novocain wore off, I was in pure agony. Taking Extra Strength Tylenol did not help. The next day was somewhat better, but I was eating Tylenol like candy. It was a miserable experience.

Comment from: uchiro, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 23

I had a root canal 4 years ago and I have just read that 97 percent diagnosed with cancer have had root canal. I don't know if this is true but last year, I felt the pain in my tooth with root canal, after a month I felt a numbness in my forehead, next to that I got tinnitus, arthritis, and I feel pain in my liver and strong blood flow in my kidney. I went to the doctor, everything is fine, but I could feel I have problems. I just keep my body active and am eating healthy foods to fight bacteria in my blood stream.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

My root canal was medieval torture. The dentist seemed annoyed that he had to give me more anesthetic over and over.

Comment from: Kthkbkk, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 04

After root canal, please do get antibiotics. Previously I suffered pain after root canal. It's after a five day antibiotics and constant gargle salt with water that it heals. Dentist won't tell you it is infection. Just get antibiotics.

Comment from: PHANSEN, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I have a bad taste in my mouth because of root canal, and puffy eye.

Comment from: Nicole, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I just had a root canal on a lower bicuspid today. I didn't expect the horror stories about the pain to be true, especially since my tolerance for pain is abnormally high. I cried the entire time. About halfway through the procedure I could feel everything, either because the numbing medication had worn off or because of an unexpected infection in the tooth. If I ever need another root canal, I'm opting to have the tooth pulled.

Comment from: ruth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

l have never felt pain like this before my mouth would not go numb and l continued to tell the dentist that but all she told me to do was relax. l hope l never need a root canal again.

Comment from: katief, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I've just had my first root canal and was apprehensive about having it done. Apart from the discomfort of having to keep your jaw open longer than for a normal check-up, I felt absolutely nothing as the local anesthetic was so good. It's certainly better than being in pain!

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I've had many root canals and had problems with only one; the dentist didn't know what he was doing. If you have an abscess, be sure you get an antibiotic to get rid of the infection before they work on it. A good dentist will know when the tooth is beyond his capabilities and should then refer you to an endodontist. With the exception of the one, I've never even had to take pain meds afterward. Be sure you are seeing a good and honest dentist because there are many who will convince you that you need lots of unnecessary work done and will also bill you wrong too! Ask around and be sure to pick a dentist that someone recommends that has actually had procedures other than cleaning and X-rays. Without procedures their recommendations are basically useless and they will most likely describe them as nice or say they liked them instead of telling you about procedures and how gentle and painless the dentist is. I learned this the hard way.

Comment from: pm2006, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 12

I had a root canal performed two years ago, and the crown that was placed was not a correct size (according to my new dentist), and there was a gap left at the upper portion near the gum area where food particles were getting in and therefore got re-infected. My new dentist tried clearing out the canal, but he could not clear canal completely. I was referred to an endodontist, which cleared out one area of the canal, but apparently there was another area, so I had to go in a second time. The day before my appointment, my gum was hurting and felt sore. I went in to see the endodontist to complete the root canal (said this was normal since root canal was not complete). After the root canal was done and the anesthesia wore off, I was in pain! I took four ibuprofens and 1 Vicodin (500mg). My cheek has since swollen, and my gum is very sensitive to touch, even from outside.

Comment from: donnadee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

I had a root canal performed on Feb. 20. It was not my first experience, and I have had pain since, which is strange because I didn't have much pain before, just sensitivity to cold and heat. Now, the permanent crown has been put on with temporary cement because the tooth has remained very sensitive. Now it is mid-April, and it is more sensitive to heat, cold and pressure than ever before. My dentist wanted me to wait six weeks after the permanent crown had been put on, which was March 19.

Comment from: molar, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 08

I have had three root canals in three years. The most recent one was yesterday. The procedure was no problem at all, although it took 70 minuets in the chair. There was no pain at all. My mouth is sore today, but the tooth was infected, so this is to be expected. The good news is that my dentist saved the tooth. I would highly recommend a root canal to an extraction. One negative point is that they are very expensive, so I hope you have insurance.

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Comment from: Rileysgirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 30

About five days ago, I noticed a lot of pain in my last molar on the left side of my face. The pain was searing across the lower part of my jaw and into most of my teeth. My dentist prescribed antibiotics and said he'd see me in a few days. I knew I was going to need a root canal. As of today, I've had the first few steps done. It didn't hurt as much as I thought, and when I did feel a twinge of pain, I was given more medicine. I'm still fairly numb almost two hours later. I am hoping for the best. If you can save your tooth, I'd recommend it.

Comment from: imabigbaby, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I had a root canal performed yesterday afternoon on a molar. I had been having sensitivity to heat and cold for months. It is a miracle. My docotr stated before he began that I should feel no pain and he was right. I felt absolutely zero pain during the entire procedure which lasted about 45 minutes. I was so nervous before the procedure and now I feel dumb. The painful part was paying for it!

Comment from: pinti, 3-6 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

My 5 year old son had a root canal done on his pre-molar on Friday. It's been 1 week and he still complains of soreness. The pain does not keep him up at night, but when he is awake he complains. We took him to the dentist and he asked us to downplay it. Does anyone know how long it takes for the soreness to go away.

Comment from: Hildoo, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

I had a partial rood canal that lasted about two hours with pain and numbness during the procedure. I was told to come the next ten days for another treatment. I was given antibiotics and pain medication to ease the pain whenever I feel it. It has been more than 24 hours since the procedure. The pain medication can not ease the pain anymore and my left jaw has stayed swollen. Very painful.

Comment from: tony f, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 24

This is not my first root canal but certainly the most painful pressure built up for two days causing sleepless nights my cheek swelled tremendously. I returned to the dentist opened tooth to aid in draining it. It seems to be improving greatly after ice packs Tylenol, salt water gargle. My infection I believe was more involving the bone.

Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

Three days ago I had my fourth root canal. The procedure was no problem. It lasted about an hour and I felt no pain during it. However the next day is when the pain set in. For me my mouth hurts around the tooth for four to five days after no matter how easy the procedure was. Tylenol and Hydrocodone every few hours, so that I can eat and go to work. I can feel that the pain is not so bad a few days later and in a few days I will probably never have a problem with the tooth again.

Comment from: vthompsontx, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I woke up with a toothache and immediately went to the dentist. He indicated that I needed a root canal. Like most people, I was very apprehensive. However, the procedure was painless. My mouth was numbed before the Novocaine injection. I was given some gas, a headset for the TV and an hour later it was over. Overall, a great experience for something that I had always heard horror stories about.

Comment from: hannah, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

Root canal treatment is done when there is no chance of tooth to being saved, and the patient doesn't want it to be extracted although decayed. It is done to kill the vitality of the tooth and then filling it with mechanical components, and placing a cap over it. The procedure involves the removal of the nervous elements of the tooth which have been infected or decayed already due to microbial action or any physical pressures.

Comment from: grandpa74, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 08

I had a root canal in years ago and all of the nerves were supposedly removed. Now 11 years later an x ray revealed one nerve was missed and is now causing me pain and infection which is going upward toward my eye and eyeball is sore. It was tooth number l4. Should I again have to pay the exorbitant cost of the root canal or should the endodontist absorb this because of failure to remove the nerve the first time?

Comment from: Debbie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had a root canal last August. Three cycles of antibiotics later, I thought it was over. However, today that same tooth broke and is causing a lot of pain.

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Comment from: southerngirl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had to have a root canal on my front tooth. It was the worst pain I have ever had in my life. The dentist had to open the tooth back up 3 times before it finally stopped hurting. Hydrocodone wouldn't even touch the pain. Turns out I was grinding on it, so he had to make me a splint to wear at night. If you are a grinder, make sure you have a splint if you get a root canal because you DO NOT want to grind on it.

Comment from: Huntress, Female (Patient) Published: April 06

I had a root canal 6 days ago and I am waiting to get the crown. Virtually zero pain during and after the procedure. At worst I had slight jaw soreness from having to keep my mouth open for so long. I was able to resume normal activities immediately without skipping a beat. In all honesty, if you need a root canal, it's no big deal don't worry and don't fear it. I almost fell asleep in the chair during it, it was that painless (and no, I wasn't sedated I just had Novocaine to numb the tooth).

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