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tallulahturtle Tue 26-May-15 21:02:01

I say im having a root canal tomorrow morning. Its not that bad is it? :/

PattiODoors Tue 26-May-15 21:03:27

Naw will be fine.

tallulahturtle Tue 26-May-15 21:04:44

Been in agony with a broken filling on a tooth that can't hold a filling for months so hoping I will be able to eat on both sides soon.

ChuffinAda Tue 26-May-15 21:05:30

Mine wasn't but then mine was a single root canine tooth (had to be redone 5 times mind...) but I understand molars are worse.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 26-May-15 21:05:40

I think it's one of those dental treatments which has passed almost into mythical territory in terms of how painful it is. I know someone who is a tosser by the by who has root canal without pain relief. So, imagine with pain relief it is uncomfortable afterwards but not absolutely dire?

Personally I'd take a filling or indeed root canal over scaling and polishing which I hate with an unbridled passion and find horrendous.

Hope all goes well tomorrow!

MrsExcited Tue 26-May-15 21:06:05

Fine to have, prepare for numbing!!

When it failed 6 months later and a dry socket set in was nasty but very rare.

CitySnicker Tue 26-May-15 21:06:43

I didn't find it too bad at all.

QueefOfTheDamned Tue 26-May-15 21:06:47

I've had 2. Barely remember them. You'll be grand.

Redtrousers Tue 26-May-15 21:08:10

Agree with Alisvolatproplis with bells and whistles on.

Scaling and polishing.....foul, foul, foul. Would rather root Canal over that any day.

Good luck, it will be fine.

viva100 Tue 26-May-15 21:08:50

Mine was alright (although uncomfortable). DP had one a few months ago and it was awful - loads of pain during and after, had to take the day off afterwards, could only open his jaw half way for a week and also couldn't eat properly...he 's fine now and says anything is preferable to the pain he had before the root canal.

AliceLidl Tue 26-May-15 21:13:08

It's not that bad.

The preparation was worse than the actual root canal work when I had mine. Not that it hurt, I didn't feel anything, but they put this temporary thing on my tooth and it was a bit too big and hurt my gums in the week it took between the two appointments.

And the anticipation was even worse than the preparation.

You'll be fine OP smile

HereNotThere Tue 26-May-15 21:19:12

I've had a few, I'd do the cats bum face but that's more to do with the cost than anything. Mine have cost me a tonne of cash. sad

Some of mine were pain free and some were less so. There is no reason to think they will be painful.

steff13 Tue 26-May-15 21:21:54

I've had six done, they're not that bad. They can take a loooong time if the roots are small and twisty or whatever, but you're numb, and you'll feel so much better afterward.

MrsBobDylan Tue 26-May-15 21:22:31

I had three of them on the same tooth. I am terrified of feeling pain during dental work so my dentist promised I would feel no pain at all and...she was right!

Don't worry, you'll be fine.

As an aside, when it came time to have the tooth crowned, another dentist told me I didn't need pain relief as after three root canals, there were no nerves left. He said to raise my hand if I felt pain when he drilled. I was so shocked to feel it that my hand flew up and I punched him in the face. He was very nice about it but was very quick to administer pain relief.blush

helenahandbag Tue 26-May-15 21:22:47

I've had it done on a molar and it was fine, all of the pain came from keeping my mouth open so wide for 20 mins, my jaw was aching and I was in agony but couldn't close my mouth.

I'm having another root canal in two weeks and I'm not worried. You'll be fine!

tallulahturtle Tue 26-May-15 21:26:38

Yeah also worried about the cost :/.

Littlemissjt Tue 26-May-15 21:26:47

I had it done and it was fine. If I was to have it done again I would exactly look forward to it but I wouldn't worry about it.

neverevernorever Tue 26-May-15 21:29:10

If it's at the back, just have it pulled out instead. They don't all succeed. I wish I'd just gone for removal, rather than the procedure (on which I won't comment) with its Greek Island holiday price tag, the creeping return of the pain, and the paying once again for removal, at last...

hedgehogsdontbite Tue 26-May-15 21:29:25

I think it depends entirely on the skill of the dentist. I've had 4. 3 were painless and 1 would have been less painful if I'd have done it myself.

tallulahturtle Tue 26-May-15 21:29:33

Yeah think keeping my mouth open for that long may be pretty uncomfortable. I have a very small mouth (apparently) - no that isnt a stealth boast ;). But seriously it reassures me that many of you have had good experiences , I have had laser eye surgery twice and although it was painful i would have it done again, similar with tattoos. So I am feeling reassured, either that or the wine is working smile

tallulahturtle Tue 26-May-15 21:32:13

Its third from the back (i have four wisdoms) so probably too far back to rip the bastard out. Although it is tempting the amount of grief its given me. Got the codeine ready....

neverevernorever Tue 26-May-15 21:34:29

That's the one I had out, so maybe worth baring in mind as an alternative? Maybe have a Google of RC success rates and pros / cons of removal?

FatAli Tue 26-May-15 21:36:52

I had it once with a severe infection and it was awful. BUT I have since discovered that the inept dentist should not have attempted it due to the state of the infection.

I've since had another with my new and lovely dentist. I was pretty nervous due to earlier experience, but it was so painless and stress free that I was on the verge of falling asleep! He gave me what looked like a bathroom plug to put between teeth on other side so I could keep my mouth open.

Euphemia Tue 26-May-15 21:56:50

Not sore, but the ee-ee, ee-ee, ee-ee scraping noises are not very pleasant, so focus on Classic FM and you'll be fine. smile

steff13 Tue 26-May-15 22:05:36

My dentist said it only hurts if the root is infected, because they can't numb an infected root. He always gives me antibiotics the week before, just to make sure.

Not sore, but the ee-ee, ee-ee, ee-ee scraping noises are not very pleasant, so focus on Classic FM and you'll be fine.

My dentist has a tv above the seat with headphones. You can usually choose among multiple kids' movies and a couple adult movies. It beats counting the holes in the acoustic tiles on the ceiling. smile

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