Patient Comments: Root Canal - Describe Your Experience

Please describe your experience with a root canal.

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.

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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.

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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: 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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