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Root Canals (And Other Fun Stuff...)

 
BOWMAN

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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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Anonymous Coward
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06/26/2012 12:47 PM
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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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Not painful but takes a long while. Not sure I'm happy about having one but at least I still a tooth
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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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no not worse. you don't feel a thing.

yes, It's bit more annoying.

with a good dentist you'll be fine and afterwards you'll be happy that you didn't lose a tooth.
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06/26/2012 12:51 PM

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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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 Quoting: BOWMAN





Not painful but takes a long while. Not sure I'm happy about having one but at least I still a tooth
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18619814


Really?

Did they give you the laughing gas or something?

I was under the impression that these procedures were painful.

How long is a long while?

An hour?


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06/26/2012 12:53 PM
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Dont do it.

Look up Hulda Clark and Huggins dentists.
BOWMAN (OP)

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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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 Quoting: BOWMAN




no not worse. you don't feel a thing.

yes, It's bit more annoying.

with a good dentist you'll be fine and afterwards you'll be happy that you didn't lose a tooth.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18624305


Yeah, I know some people don't mind losing the tooth. I guess I have attachments to myself, lol.

I'm surprised that the feedback is 'not painful' so far. 1dunno1


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06/26/2012 01:01 PM
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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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 Quoting: BOWMAN




no not worse. you don't feel a thing.

yes, It's bit more annoying.

with a good dentist you'll be fine and afterwards you'll be happy that you didn't lose a tooth.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18624305


I have had two root canals.

If there is any sign of infection you may be given antibiotics and sent away again.

I am sure you have probably had the pain already to need one.
Once I had a tiny bit of pain while drilling the tooth and the dentist put in a temporary filling and I went back week later and it was fine.

It may seem alarming but the dentist uses what looks like a pin to clean the canal out.
At this stage they may take an xray, to check it is all cleared out.
Then they fill it with strips of plastic and when it is blocked up, they use the pin heated up a little to melt the plastic at the top and seal the hole.
As you have 3 or 4 canal per tooth this takes time.

My dentist usually gives me a temporary filling and some antibiotics for a week, just to make sure it is all okay before putting the filling in.

So in summary painless but could take up to an hour.

Final word of warning, all the drilling weakens the tooth and generally they only last about 10 years at which point you will need a crown.
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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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I had my first root canal 3 months ago. The root canal wasn't painful at all. Having my jaw open for a long time was annoying. Dentist told me it would take about one hour, ended up taking 3 hours. Now the dentist wants to remove all my silver fillings I got as a child and fill them in with porcelain fillings. Happy I did get the root canal, I seem to have less headaches, and now I have a beautiful porcelain crown over it.
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I don't have fillings or any root canal work, but I'd think long and hard before doing it...a root canal is killing your tooth by destroying the roots...
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I've had two root canals, and had to have crowns put on both teeth.

They don't hurt any worse than any other dental work. I didn't feel a thing with either of mine.

Good luck! hf
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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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 Quoting: BOWMAN





Not painful but takes a long while. Not sure I'm happy about having one but at least I still a tooth
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18619814


Really?

Did they give you the laughing gas or something?

I was under the impression that these procedures were painful.

How long is a long while?

An hour?



No, they just numb the pain with something, just like when you have a cavity, maybe a bit stronger. it's not laughing gas ??

and you won't fell the needle. If you do feel it, ask for some more numbing medicine AND take the time you need. Stop them if you're not numb enough. They have to wait, canals are not cheap.


Mine wasn't painful, and I did go to the dentist for a few days for the procedure.


How long for one visit? Depends on your situation. My visits for half an hour, tops.

I know dentist chair is very annoying but trust me, roots are NOT like what they used to be and don't ever listen to horror stories.



hf




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06/26/2012 01:27 PM
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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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Mine took longer, but wasn't anymore painful. The only pain I felt was the novacaine shot. It was extremely expensive, but I am happy with mine :).
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OP get over the phobia.


just know your rights while on the dental chair :)

it'll be OK.
BOWMAN (OP)

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06/26/2012 01:37 PM

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Thanks for all the feedback guys.

Sorry, having problems responding to you individually. : (


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06/26/2012 01:38 PM
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just don't have any work done by Aspen Dental. A friend of mine did and most of it had to be redone within 12 months.....
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it will give you cancer!!!
BOWMAN (OP)

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06/26/2012 01:44 PM

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Dont do it.

Look up Hulda Clark and Huggins dentists.
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Ah, okay I figured it out.

I was trying to link some info here on this name you gave me AC.

Must be a no-no site. ; )


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06/26/2012 01:46 PM
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[link to articles.mercola.com]

Cancer :(
BOWMAN (OP)

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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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 Quoting: BOWMAN




no not worse. you don't feel a thing.

yes, It's bit more annoying.

with a good dentist you'll be fine and afterwards you'll be happy that you didn't lose a tooth.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18624305


I have had two root canals.

If there is any sign of infection you may be given antibiotics and sent away again.

I am sure you have probably had the pain already to need one.
Once I had a tiny bit of pain while drilling the tooth and the dentist put in a temporary filling and I went back week later and it was fine.

It may seem alarming but the dentist uses what looks like a pin to clean the canal out.
At this stage they may take an xray, to check it is all cleared out.
Then they fill it with strips of plastic and when it is blocked up, they use the pin heated up a little to melt the plastic at the top and seal the hole.
As you have 3 or 4 canal per tooth this takes time.

My dentist usually gives me a temporary filling and some antibiotics for a week, just to make sure it is all okay before putting the filling in.

So in summary painless but could take up to an hour.

Final word of warning, all the drilling weakens the tooth and generally they only last about 10 years at which point you will need a crown.
 Quoting: lightchild_uk


Thanks for your informative post.

Well it has been a month since it has been diagnosed so I hope it's not infected. There's no pain there right now. Only a bit of sensitivity. I know I'm getting a crown because they said I would need it. And it's not cheap either. Almost 2 grand!


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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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I had my first root canal 3 months ago. The root canal wasn't painful at all. Having my jaw open for a long time was annoying. Dentist told me it would take about one hour, ended up taking 3 hours. Now the dentist wants to remove all my silver fillings I got as a child and fill them in with porcelain fillings. Happy I did get the root canal, I seem to have less headaches, and now I have a beautiful porcelain crown over it.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1328005


Shit. I hope it doesn't take 3 hours. That would be complete suckage.


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I don't have fillings or any root canal work, but I'd think long and hard before doing it...a root canal is killing your tooth by destroying the roots...
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Hey Brief

Is there any alternative to save the tooth?


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BOWMAN (OP)

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I've had two root canals, and had to have crowns put on both teeth.

They don't hurt any worse than any other dental work. I didn't feel a thing with either of mine.

Good luck! hf
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Well that sounds encouraging...

hf


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BOWMAN (OP)

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I'm having my first root canal tomorrow.

Is this worse than having a cavity filled in pain/time wise?

Are you glad with the way yours turned out?

All dental conspiracies welcome.


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Mine took longer, but wasn't anymore painful. The only pain I felt was the novacaine shot. It was extremely expensive, but I am happy with mine :).
 Quoting: IndigoSerenity76


Okay, so they do give you novacaine. So there must be some pain involved. Good to know. Thanks!


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I would probably just get the tooth pulled instead of having a root canal.
BOWMAN (OP)

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OP get over the phobia.


just know your rights while on the dental chair :)

it'll be OK.
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It was more apathy than phobia that lead to this predicament, lol.


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just don't have any work done by Aspen Dental. A friend of mine did and most of it had to be redone within 12 months.....
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Than I'm good to go. Thanks AC.


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You won't feel anything - they kill the nerves right off the bat. Small fillings are even worse, IMO. Depending how big the tooth is, it will take that amount of time - big tooth = longer sit. But it's just sitting there. You won't feel anything. Don't worry.
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Oh Noes!

Now ya tell me!

hiding


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You won't feel anything - they kill the nerves right off the bat. Small fillings are even worse, IMO. Depending how big the tooth is, it will take that amount of time - big tooth = longer sit. But it's just sitting there. You won't feel anything. Don't worry.
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I don't have fillings or any root canal work, but I'd think long and hard before doing it...a root canal is killing your tooth by destroying the roots...
 Quoting: BRIEF


Hey Brief

Is there any alternative to save the tooth?


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I hate root canals. Just yank the tooth, and go the route of having an implant put in

It will last your whole life, will be stronger than a root canal, without the additional hassels

JMHO

Despite going to some of the best dentists in NYC, all of my root canals have gone bad in time, after much pain and expense

Then there is the risk of needing an apicoectomy, which they never tell you about

I have had to have two apicoectomies - which is where afer a root canal the very very tip of the root still has a re occurrence of the infection and they have to do surgery through the gum to clip off the end of the root.

All this to try and save the root canal

Painful, risky (there was the risk they could injure a nerve close to the root, and leave my mouth permanently numb) and pointless

I ended up losing the teeth anyway

Between the cost of the crown (they have soared with inflation), the risk of apicoectomy and the fact that it's still a dead tooth filled with poison, I now say no thank you

The next root canal I needed, I just had them yank it.

We then put in a titanium post and went the way of a permanent implant. I've replaced all the root canal teeth with implants at this point.

I'm much happier. Thats just my experience, your mileage may vary - as they say

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I would get it pulled. A crown or root canal only lasts so long. If you can afford it, get the tooth yanked and get an implant.