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anyone ever have a root canal?

May 10th, 2005, 09:48 AM
I had one yesturday and my mouth is sore :(

wondering if i should call the dentist or if its something that coems along with ahving so much dental work done at once.

im beginning to regret not just ahving teh tooth pulled.


May 10th, 2005, 09:53 AM
Yup. I've had more than one root canal done. If the root isn't totally cleaned out, then you can have some pain left over. Kinda like a very painful dull throb. What kind of pain are you having? Achy pain? Sharp pain?

May 10th, 2005, 09:53 AM
Sorry...can't help ya. I've been to the dentist a total of like 10 times in my entire life and never had any problems with my teeth (knock on wood!)

May 10th, 2005, 09:56 AM
Yup. I've had more than one root canal done. If the root isn't totally cleaned out, then you can have some pain left over. Kinda like a very painful dull throb. What kind of pain are you having? Achy pain? Sharp pain?

its like you described a achey dull throb,

ionly have a temporary filling in the tooth for now, they want to be sure its not going to get infected, and I go back june 7th

i wasnt expecting it to be achey


May 10th, 2005, 10:08 AM
Sounds like they've packed it too tight. When the proper inserts are used, the achy throb should go away. Take a light pain killer (ibuprofen or aspirin) to get rid of the pain.

May 10th, 2005, 10:11 AM
I think next time Ill just tell them to pull the tooth, the sad part is the tooh never bothered me in the first place, it was all preventative

the dentist tells me dont beleive stories that root canals are uncomfortable, they arent

he lies!


May 10th, 2005, 10:17 AM
I have had many root canals and they are NOT pleasant. Then again, I am a wuss when it comes to the dentist anyway.

You won't believe this, but.... I had a root canal done WITHOUT freezing! Yup, I hate the needles so much that I told him to do it without. Big mistake, believe me!! OUCH.

Your root canal could hurt a bit for a week or so. A lot of filing etc. was done and that causes trauma. Give it a week and see if it still hurts. Because they have deadened the nerves, there shouldn't be any pain in the long term, so if there is, thats a problem.

Good luck!

May 10th, 2005, 10:35 AM
I can tell you that you should always do whatever you can to save the tooth!! It's not like we are gettin' any more!! :D

But I sympathize, I had one heck of a time with one this winter and was thinking on having it pulled as well at the time.

Sometimes they do the rootcanal and put the temp filling in in one day (like I had and you have had) but after a week I was still in pain so they removed the temp and let everything drain for about a week. THEN I went back and had the temp put back, and about two weeks after THAT we finally put the permanent filling in. I had no real frame of refernce for pain as it was my first one--and turned out to be a doozy!!. On one hand they say that they really shoudln't hurt more than regular fillings, but I think, and my dentist has said that they can take some time to resolve.

Go with your gut feeling if you find the pain to be too much, call your dentist.

And Tylenol seemed to work WONDERS over Advil (strange , I know) just thought I'd mention that.

Good luck and hope you feel better soon!! :)

May 10th, 2005, 10:59 AM
I can't believe your dentist told you that a root canal would'nt hurt! LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE!!! I've had a couple, and they both hurt really, really bad. Of course, I am a really pansy when it comes to pain - and pain killers don't work on me (I have to have almost twice as much, twice as often as normally recommended) so I hate the dentist. Luckily, I haven't had any problems for a while and I go get my checkups on a regular basis. It could be that they didn't quite get all the nerve, or like Trinitie said, they could've packed it too tight - but I would wait a few more days before you worry about it. If the tylenol or whatever doesn't kill the pain and you think that it isn't getting any better, then I would call the dentist back. One of my root canals was on a top front tooth (got smacked in the mouth with a skateboard when I was young) and it kept going black every few years. At one point they thought they needed to redo the root canal :eek: but then decided to just bleach it every few years. Every time they would bleach it, they filled the tooth with cotton soaked in this solution and put a temporary filling in it. Then I would have to go back and get the cotton out of it and the real filling put back. It always hurt when they packed the cotton in there - kind of like a dull toothache. Finally about 6 years ago they tried a different kind of bleach solution and put a filling that is white colored instead of silver and I haven't had a problem since. It is definitely normal for it to hurt. Good Luck and I totally sympathize with you! :grouphug:

May 10th, 2005, 11:20 AM
Yikes ! Im thinking i might need one of these soon. Im petrified of going to the dentist and have been putting off a visit for months. I have a cavity that he was supposed to fill a little while ago that is starting to give me some problems . Its like i lose all ability to reason rationally when it comes to the dentist. I know that Going sooner = lower possibilty of having to get major work done but the more i think about it the more freaked i get.

Im such a baby :p

May 10th, 2005, 11:24 AM
All I can say is "beware of the pain that goes away" and seems to heal itself.

what can happen sometimes is that the infection goes into the nerves right before it abcesses, so you dn't feel pain anymore, but be mindful of acute swelling and trust me, if the sucker abcesses the pain will be back!!!! :eek:

Of course I have two babies at home, so just put me in that comfy dentist chair and do as many freakin root canals as you want!!! ;) Wake me when your done!! or not!! lol! :D

May 10th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Root canals hurts - no ands if or buts. I hate them! My dentist give me percocet and if he did not I would give it to myself, lol Most dentists give strong scripts with root canals. Sounds like your dentist does not. Call him or her and explain that you are in pain!

May 10th, 2005, 02:39 PM
Of course I have two babies at home, so just put me in that comfy dentist chair and do as many freakin root canals as you want!!! Wake me when your done!! or not!! lol! I don't have the babies at home, but I love to sleep.. I had to pay $200 extra to be asleep when I got my one wisdom tooth out (I'm a mutant, I only had one). They were all, "it's a 20 minute surgery without the IV sleeping juice and 7 minutes with the juice because you won't be bugging us". They even let me pick the music to listen too (they had a menu) while I was sleeping...

May 10th, 2005, 02:44 PM

I beleive my dentist is being super cautious about prescribing anything because I breastfeed Tyler, he told me to take advil, wich i will do.

the pain isnt horrible but its not wonderful either, but i think its more a shock that it is painfull when I was told that it isnt, and wasnt prepared for teh fact that my mouth would be sore.

im beginning to think a switch in dentists is in my future


May 10th, 2005, 09:41 PM
I have had a root canal done, and it was on my front tooth, which to be honest, i do not remember hurting all the much. I have also had many things done after this root canal, that maybe I am just not remembering, cuz other things hurt more (ever have your teeth filed to fit a bridge? OWWWWW) Dentist and me just do not agree on how things should be done ...

May 10th, 2005, 10:09 PM
Ohhhhh! It makes sense now- did not realize yoiu were breastfeeding. Of course you need to be VERY cautious with pain meds. In that case, I recommend ice - heat does encourges infection `to grow in your mouth and you don't need that! Clove of oil and Oragel might also help tho I susect ice is your best bet.

Hope it feels better soon!

May 10th, 2005, 10:16 PM
Eleni, not sure what dentinst you go to, but I recommend grantham street dental. They even go as far as putting flat screens in the ceiling so you can watch tv while they work rather then watching the doctors glasses or better yet nose hair.

Not sure who made the comment about being a mutant with only one wisdom tooth. I am more of a mutant, I dont grow them at all. It skips a generation in my family. My sister ended up with them and they were impacted which is horrible and then there is me, Wisdom free lol

May 10th, 2005, 10:21 PM
I just hope lack of wisdom teeth is a dominant gene so you and I pass it on...

May 10th, 2005, 10:22 PM
You won't believe this, but.... I had a root canal done WITHOUT freezing! Yup, I hate the needles so much that I told him to do it without. Big mistake, believe me!! OUCH. Your root canal could hurt a bit for a week or so. A lot of filing etc. was done and that causes trauma.

:eek: thanks due next for that...i had a filing 2 days ago it wasnt pleasant either i was stiff as a zombie....i was telling the dentist if its going to hurt might as well take out the tooth and replace a fake one...i dont care as long as i dont BAD with pain... :yuck:

May 10th, 2005, 10:44 PM
Prin and I will be the next Xmen... The wisdomless women :) Although Prin had slightly more wisdom then me.

I hope I pass this gene along. James just had his out last week, poor guy looked like a chipmunk. His one grew in so fast it cracked the molar in front of it right in half. OUCH!!

May 10th, 2005, 11:27 PM
oh lucky wisdomless people!!! that started my tooth problems. destroyed all my molars.

May 11th, 2005, 05:02 AM
Ive bee going to linwell park dental for my dental stuff,

gotta say tho im unimpressed with them over the dental work ive needed done with them,

aftr the root canal is finished ill call grantham, and grantham i suspect is closer to me I live near to the corner of linwell and bunting.


May 11th, 2005, 02:53 PM
I am SUCH a chicken that one of my best friends (and fellow carpooler) who heads a pediatric dental practice (he also teaches it and is active at the national level so is forever lecturing me about my teeth, sigh!) and I actually get him to do my teeth - me and my patients seeing the same dentist, lol He actually has to extract and repair many pediatric teeth for cancer patients since they cannot have ANY infection. In other words, if you have leukemia, an infected tooth could kill you. I send my patients to him immediately just to ensure that part is covered.

Anyway - he does have the flat screens and the videos (tho the collection is sort of like our MRI, lol - The Little Mermaid et al but I watch Harry Potter of course,hehe). I even named the Xray chair the Harry Potter Chair. So there is me and the little kids. The best part is he never charges me. I have dental insurance but he refuses to charge me any money.

That said, I am putting off a visit I have to make to an endodontist - who my friend picked out b/c he is good with skittish ppl with dental phobia like me. I am quite relaxed with my friend tho for some reason. I think I may ask for a sedative and just do it. BUT I have not had the time. (He says make time but I prefer to keep putting it off).

I once had a cavity filled in Florida by a Harvard trained dentist - he used a laser and I loved it. It took maybe 15 minutes and did not hurt at all. My friend says it is not a good idea b/c it harms the tooth and I have not heard the end of it from him (This is also the same tooth that did return to its sensitive nature and a root canal did not get all of the infection so hence the enddonist). So, clearly, it would NOT be wise for children. But if I had a choice, Id go back time and again for a laser. Every 10 yrs would be just fine, lol

May 11th, 2005, 02:59 PM
Eleni, I used to live just off bunting now I am closer grantham. I would definately recommend them though, they are right near the comissos.

As for dentists. My mother is so petrified of them that she gets knocked out with an iv before hand and is asleep for the whole procedure, even for teeth cleaning. She has had some bad experiences at the dentist and this is why she goes to this extreme. The worst was a root canal that took 3 hours and for almost 2 of those hours she was left in the chair with that spit sucking thing in her gum, it was in so deep it felt like the air was being pulled from her nose. YUCK!

May 11th, 2005, 03:02 PM
I just hope lack of wisdom teeth is a dominant gene so you and I pass it on...Is it really something that can be passed on? I believe my mom and dad both had all of them. Two of my sisters had them all, one of my sisters had NONE and I only have one that isn't even going to come in. I hope I can pass that on to my son!

May 11th, 2005, 03:08 PM
usually I get a sedative prescribed, im not good with dentists and peope working in my mouth at all.

however for the fear of it effecting the baby my hands were pretty much tied,

im sure there are medications that are safe for the baby but i prefer to have as little as possible, because you neve do really know how something will effect the baby

i really dont look foward to goign back for the second part of the root canal, but i dont think i have much choice.

ill jsut sit in the chair and think of happyer place like maybe hawaii and hope its over with quickly hehe

May 11th, 2005, 03:11 PM
I honestly think many of us (baby boomer types, lol) had to put up with dentists who were less than well trained when we were children and thus the development of dental phobia. I know my childhood dentist never seem to wait long enough to allow the novacaine to wear off and it always hurt!! And he used those old long needles that got you right in the gum. He did my first root canal and I had to return three times. Once, he had to inject novocaine or another substance SEVEN times just to make sure it worked. I suspect in retrospect - knowing what I now know - that he was scrimping on the meds. Ughhhhhhh!!

It does not help that I broke a tooth in a fall at the age of 9 and so he had to cap that and while it need not have been complicated and painful, with him it was!!

He was a neighbour alas so it was hard to make waves but as soon as I was away from home, I never returned to him and found a new dentist in Halifax.

And you do inherit the kind of teeth you have. (Alas!) Here is an excellent genetics book for the non scientist that I have often recommended to my patients - I usually lend them mine and actually asked the publisher's rep - who is always giving me texts for my pediatrics and oncology courses (hoping I'll use them and med students will have to pay big buck for them, lol) - to give me several so I can lend them to patients. If anyone wants one, let me know. ( I can probably get a couple more)

May 11th, 2005, 03:16 PM
perhaps thats it CK,

I know rationally that the dentist isnt so bad, but you get me in that chair and you cant convince me it wont hurt.

I remember goign to a dentist that wasnt so gentle, and then only to get home and have the filling fall out, i think thats the thing that got me doubting dentists.

i sure hope my kids have better experiences, so far all they have done is met the dentist, tho m y 4 year old will soon be needing a proper cleaning


May 11th, 2005, 03:29 PM
I recall a prof I had at Harvard (supposedly a smart man, lol) tell us that there was no reason for anyone to go into dentistry since all the preventive measures being taken would eliminate the need for dentists. Suuuuuuuuure!!! But that said, the next generation has much better dental care and better equipment that does not hurt. Dentists now routinely administer meds prior to injecting any needles and there are more pediatric dental programs and dental schools teach how to be gentle and a better communicator. Still. some younger dentists are not the best!

I think best of all we as a public are better educated and aware and use more preventive measures and teach our children so they rarely get cavities. Plus we put fluride in our water and the enhanced public health just helps in general.

Ironically, I do not mind having my teeth cleaned - that might hurt a bit but it is hardly objectionable pain.

Dog Dancer
May 11th, 2005, 03:36 PM
Ouch!!! I had a root canal two years ago now and continue to have issues with that tooth. In fact am scheduled to go in tomorrow to have it checked out AGAIN. The root canal hurt like crazy - made me cry - and now I have a crown on that tooth that seems to be always an issue. Have had to have the crown filed twice already and currently have a dull ache radiating on the right side of my head which I believe is coming from that tooth again. Fortunately was scheduled to go for my cleaning in two weeks but they moved that up to tomorrow so I could get the tooth checked at the same time. Couldn't wait two weeks with this ache. Gotta love the dentist...

May 11th, 2005, 04:17 PM
D Dancer, you prob should see an endodonist - a specialist who can fix it properly. I had a similar prob and a dentist (NOT my friend) did a root canal to save it - it was in the front of my mouth next to the one I broke as a child and have had repeatedly fixed - and he was unable to get all the infection. So I have to see an endodontist to have it done properly. I just keep putting it off, having had such bad experiences in the past with root canals.