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BearcatShane
03-19-2010, 11:23 AM
I scheduled a root canal on April 5th which actually is Opening Day and my birthday but I didn't realize how painful they can be after the procedure and I don't wanna be in pain at the game so I'm gonna try to reschedule. My question is how long will it take for my mouth to be pain free, will it really hurt THAT bad right after the numbing wears off and when the procedure takes place will it be painful? Thanks.

BearcatShane
03-19-2010, 11:27 AM
Oh and its on one of my molars.

Sea Ray
03-19-2010, 11:29 AM
First off make sure you're going to a specialist. They're very expensive no matter what so you might as well go to someone who does it right and quickly. The quicker he does it the less chance you'll have for an infection or post operative soreness. It generally is done in less than an hour

Expect the tooth to be sore for about 3 days afterwards. It'll mainly be soreness to chewing not hot and cold sensitivity. This is due to inflammation so take aspirin or Ibuprofen be forehand and immediately after. If you stay on that for 48-72 hours then it's likely that's all the pain meds you'll need.

George Anderson
03-19-2010, 11:42 AM
I have had several root canals and never really had much pain afterwards.

westofyou
03-19-2010, 11:49 AM
Had 4, slight ache afterwords, the pain after doesn't touch the pain before.

HeatherC1212
03-19-2010, 11:50 AM
I've had two root canals (one when I was younger and one a few years ago and they were both on molars) and I didn't have many problems with either of them. If they offer you a prescription for pain meds, take it and then make sure to take the medicine on a regular basis once you get home. You shouldn't have too much pain from it if you take that medicine. You won't be able to chew much of anything there for a while and more than likely, you'll only have a temperary covering over it anyway so chewing would be out of the question anyway. I had to go back later to get the crowns put on but that was pretty easy and for the most part pain free too. It shouldn't be too bad for you but MAKE SURE you take that pain medicine. I was diligent about taking it and I never really had any pain after either procedure. Good luck! :)

BTW-I found it much more painful to have a tooth pulled than it was to get either root canal. I got my wisdom teeth pulled when I was in college and another tooth pulled a couple of years ago and I had way more pain with both of those then than I did with either root canal. Go figure, LOL :laugh:

BearcatShane
03-19-2010, 12:03 PM
First off make sure you're going to a specialist. They're very expensive no matter what so you might as well go to someone who does it right and quickly. The quicker he does it the less chance you'll have for an infection or post operative soreness. It generally is done in less than an hour

Expect the tooth to be sore for about 3 days afterwards. It'll mainly be soreness to chewing not hot and cold sensitivity. This is due to inflammation so take aspirin or Ibuprofen be forehand and immediately after. If you stay on that for 48-72 hours then it's likely that's all the pain meds you'll need.




Thanks for all the advice guys. And yeah it's expensive alright. It's over 1,800 dollars total. There also doing something else but I forget what it is, that seperate procedure is 848.00 haha. The sad part is my job has great dental insurance but doesn't kick in until after a year. I'v had the job for 7 months. The pain is just too much right now.

Redsfan320
03-19-2010, 12:51 PM
I have horrible teeth (as well as a horrible jaw), but I've never had to have a root canal.

Good Luck!

320

Sea Ray
03-19-2010, 01:16 PM
Thanks for all the advice guys. And yeah it's expensive alright. It's over 1,800 dollars total. There also doing something else but I forget what it is, that seperate procedure is 848.00 haha. The sad part is my job has great dental insurance but doesn't kick in until after a year. I'v had the job for 7 months. The pain is just too much right now.

You'll probably have a root canal, buildup or post, and a crown as part of that $1800 but the rootcanal is the part that'll get you out of pain. Talk to your dentist. You may be able to wait on the crown until your insurance kicks in

redsfanmia
03-19-2010, 04:36 PM
I had a root canal with no painkillers or numbing agents. It was so easy I stopped the dentist when he was filling the hole up to ask him if that was it.

westofyou
03-19-2010, 04:49 PM
I had a root canal with no painkillers or numbing agents. It was so easy I stopped the dentist when he was filling the hole up to ask him if that was it.

Hole?

All my Root canels involved the tooth being ground down to a small core after the roots were removed and then I had replacment tooth while they made the crown.

That procedure(s) are not recommended without pain killers, I've never heard of anyone but Dustin Hoffman in The Marathon Man getting his teeth worked on without pain relief.

Kingspoint
03-19-2010, 07:55 PM
My tooth just broke today. My Dentist only works Monday-Wednesday with half a day on Thursday.

Guess I'll be losing some weight this weekend.

redsfanmia
03-19-2010, 07:57 PM
Hole?

All my Root canels involved the tooth being ground down to a small core after the roots were removed and then I had replacment tooth while they made the crown.

That procedure(s) are not recommended without pain killers, I've never heard of anyone but Dustin Hoffman in The Marathon Man getting his teeth worked on without pain relief.

The tooth that I had the root canal in was already chipped so he drilled a hole in the cap/tooth and just yanked the root out. I questioned him and he said the root was dead so thus no pain when yanking it out. I had this my senior year in high school which was 20 years ago and it is still just capped and the tooth is still white.

OnBaseMachine
03-19-2010, 08:08 PM
I had a root canal a couple years ago. I don't remember it being too painful.

I have horrible teeth. I've had about four teeth pulled in the last two years, including three at one time. I bled like crazy that night. I remember waking up at 4:00 in the morning with blood all over my pillow and running down my chest and stomach. I got up to go to the bathroom to cleanup and as I was standing at the sink, I passed out and hit my head on the wall. I'm actually having some problems with my teeth right now but I'm too afraid to go back to the dentist.

westofyou
03-19-2010, 09:04 PM
The tooth that I had the root canal in was already chipped so he drilled a hole in the cap/tooth and just yanked the root out. I questioned him and he said the root was dead so thus no pain when yanking it out. I had this my senior year in high school which was 20 years ago and it is still just capped and the tooth is still white.

Crazy, I've never heard of it done that way.

Dom Heffner
03-19-2010, 10:36 PM
Root canals get a bad name, I think, because of the pain leading to one more so than the procedure. I've had 3 or 4, and the procedure was a breeze- it was the abcess leading up to it that was excruciating.

Sea Ray
03-20-2010, 12:18 AM
Crazy, I've never heard of it done that way.

They have to drill a hole, not to remove the root but to remove the remnants of the blood vessels and nerves inside the root. After the root canal is completed the hole is filled in with a temporary filling. Then (usually a week or so afterwards) the temporary filling is removed and replaced with a hard filling and generally on that same day the tooth is drilled to a stump, an impression taken for the permanent crown and a plastic temporary crown is made and glued onto the tooth with temp cement.

As for the root canal procedure itself being done without numbing, it depends. If the nerve is completely dead then it can be done comfortably without anesthesia. Often times there is still some live nerve in there and local anesthetic is needed.

George Foster
03-20-2010, 02:30 AM
Thanks for all the advice guys. And yeah it's expensive alright. It's over 1,800 dollars total. There also doing something else but I forget what it is, that seperate procedure is 848.00 haha. The sad part is my job has great dental insurance but doesn't kick in until after a year. I'v had the job for 7 months. The pain is just too much right now.

I'm a dentist. If he is doing anything other than the root canal, he is not a endodontist. They give up their general dentistry license when they become a endodontist.

I have had extensive continuing education over the years in doing root canals. I actually have other general dentists refer their patients to me. I do about 12-15 root canals a week. Over 15 years...that's a lot. I live an hour away from the closest endodontist, and my patients, who trust me, would rather me to do the procedure. I only refer out about 10% of the cases to the endodontist.

I would NEVER do any other procedure other than the root canal the first appointment. I would not want my patient to spend money on a crown until I was sure the root canal was successful. I usually tell my patient to wait 6-9 months for a crown. They do fail from time to time. If your tooth has a crack, gum disease, etc., it may not be successful.

Remember you are in charge. It's your mouth. If you don't want a crown right now, don't do it.

It's a long time until April 5th to be in pain. I hope you are taking an antibiotic.
You can PM me if you have any other questions. I will be more than happy to help you.

BearcatShane
03-20-2010, 10:15 AM
You'll probably have a root canal, buildup or post, and a crown as part of that $1800 but the rootcanal is the part that'll get you out of pain. Talk to your dentist. You may be able to wait on the crown until your insurance kicks in

Yeah, they gave me the option of having the root canal and then just having a filling and then doing the crown in September when my insurance kicks in. I'm just getting it all done at once though.

Dom Heffner
03-20-2010, 11:59 AM
George, where were you when I needed a root canal? Tw of the three teeth I had root canals on failed. In fact I had multiple root canals on two teeth and when they failed after that, I just had them yanked because I was not going through the abscess thing again.

I wasted money on two crowns because they did them right away.

That presented it's own problems, but I finally got implants and now my whole mouth is pretty much crowns and veneers. My dentist had a nice year all because of me lol....

BearcatShane
03-20-2010, 12:07 PM
Not making me feel good Dom. Haha.

Dom Heffner
03-20-2010, 10:19 PM
Well you have to understand that each one happened on a 3 day holiday weekend. Every darn one. So when they wanted to do a third one, I was like why? So I can have it abcess on Labor Day?

You have nothing to worry about- I'm sure mine was a rare case.

ochre
03-21-2010, 10:30 PM
I'm a bengals and reds fan; that's sort of like a whole body root canal, right?

marcshoe
03-21-2010, 11:27 PM
The worst part of my root canal was that it started right around noon, and the dentist played a certain AM talk show the whole time.

But I had no physical pain that I remember, and he let me watch the whole thing on a monitor as it happened. Kind of neat.

919191
03-22-2010, 08:49 AM
Back in about 1975 I got an elbow to the mouth playing basketball and had 2 lower front teeth knocked out of the sockets, but still remained in my mouth displaced. The dentist pushed them back in- that really hurt- and later on I had to get root canals on them. I had to go back about 6 thimes, I think- omce a week. He drilled hols in the back and did whatever he had to do, plugged them back up and did more every week about 6 times. The first time he said he didn't need to deaden them snce they were dead. Man, was he wrong- I came out of the seat! The teeth turned dark, and I still have them today. My current dentist says their life expectancy is that of all my other teeth. No caps or anything. Was this how they did these back then?

My teeth aren't pretty as far as color. They have yellowed, I guess do to coffee and tea, the root canal teeth are darker, and I have bridgework on top in the front from getting a tooth knocked out playing baseball when I was 10 or 11. They are whiter than everything else. I also have 3 wisdom teeth still in at age 49- the other just is missing. My genetic defect.