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Posted: 2/27/2006 10:15:04 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 10:59:47 AM EDT by blue_bomber]
I'm going to the dentist tomorrow for my first root canal. So how bad is it? Some people say its the worst pain ever and others say they didn't even feel it.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:27:26 PM EDT
I can never feel it. Novocaine is your friend.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:32:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blue_bomber:
I'm going to the dentist tomorrow for my first root canal. So how bad is it? Some people say its the worst pain ever and others say they didn't even feel it.



Dude, even WITH Novacaine I would rather cut my ear off like they did in Resevoir Dogs... Oh man the pain is FUCKING UNBEARABLE!!! I have NEVER felt such searing pain in my life...


But hey... good luck to ya!!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:33:50 PM EDT
As long as the dentist uses enough novecain (sp?), you won't feel a thing.

A long time ago, I had a mollar filling crack open. I had to live with the severe pain (a 15 on a scale of 1 to 10) for 3 days before I could get to the dentist. It took three shots of novecain and a 1/2 hour wait to kill the pain before the dentist could proceed with a root canal.


I fell asleep in the chair in the middle of the proceedure.

Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:34:13 PM EDT
Im sorry that was mean of me... Novacaine is your friend and it will be fine... I had a crap load of work done to my chompers including two wisdom teeth extractions. It wasnt bad.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:35:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By rexrider:
As long as the dentist uses enough novecain (sp?), you won't feel a thing.

A long time ago, I had a mollar filling crack open. I had to live with the severe pain (a 15 on a scale of 1 to 10) for 3 days before I could get to the dentist. It took three shots of novecain and a 1/2 hour wait to kill the pain before the dentist could proceed with a root canal.


I fell asleep in the chair in the middle of the proceedure.




YES!!!!! Same thing but it was my wisdom tooth that was cracked... it was like the pulling of the tooth was a MAJOR relief. It was bliss!!!
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:40:55 PM EDT
This is my first major procedure to be performed by a dentist. And I don't know about you guys but I seriously fear the dentist. To the point where I was going to buy myself a new gun just so I could have something pleasant to think about well the dentist tears apart my mouth.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:55:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By blue_bomber:
This is my first major procedure to be performed by a dentist. And I don't know about you guys but I seriously fear the dentist. To the point where I was going to buy myself a new gun just so I could have something pleasant to think about well the dentist tears apart my mouth.



I was always the same way. I've had plenty of cavities filled, and every time I went I got novicane but it was still always uncomfortable and tension-filled.

Then one time I asked about this "laughing gas" stuff. It only cost a few bucks, plus they gave me a radio/headset to listen to. So I said why not, and they gave me the works (including, of course, the novicane). I think I actually fell asleep during one of the proceedures. There were times when it was honestly hard not to laugh, just for no reason. I'm sitting there with two people drilling out my teeth, and I am straining myself not to laugh. It was wonderful. It was perhaps the most relaxing experience that I can remember having. I went from being more or less terrorized by the dentist, to actually sort of looking forward to getting cavities filled because the stuff just feels so good. Lauging gas + the radio set to the classical music station =

Granted, the effect wears out with experience, but the first time you try it, it is trippy, man
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:58:18 PM EDT
The worst pain comes a couple days after. Good luck.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:59:24 PM EDT
I had 4 teeth pulled before I had braces put on. They knocked me out with some kind of IV coctail. They told me after the procedure was over I got up and walked to the recovery area, I don't remember that but ok, and for the next three hours I didn't remember a thing except this; it is incredibly difficult to feed yourself a Steak N Shake milkshake when you cannot feel your face
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 10:59:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By steve-oh:
The worst pain comes a couple days after. Good luck.



Yeah, when the bill shows up.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:03:46 PM EDT
Novacaine is for pussys, so is gas.................Be a man and remember that pain is weakness
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:06:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
Novacaine is for pussys, so is gas.................Be a man and remember that pain is weakness



With all due respect sir, I think the way it is written its "Pain, is fear leaving the body"
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:08:38 PM EDT
tell the dentist you are really nervous about it and he may prescribe some little white pills of goodness for you.

I took mine a half hour before going in to get a wisdom cracked wisdom tooth pulled. By the time I got to the dentist my wife and a nurse carried/dragged me into the office unconscious, I woke up about 6 hours later in bed. It's great when you don't even remember the procedure.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:11:03 PM EDT
if your gums are already swollen, then you are fcked. If not, you will not feel any pain.
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:12:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DrFrige:

Originally Posted By dpmmn:
Novacaine is for pussys, so is gas.................Be a man and remember that pain is weakness



With all due respect sir, I think the way it is written its "Pain, is fear leaving the body"




Either way
Link Posted: 2/27/2006 11:35:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By JoseyWales:
if your gums are already swollen, then you are fcked. If not, you will not feel any pain.




Hmm..Why do you say this? I happend to have swollen gums according to the dentist last week. However my tooth is in no pain at this time.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:06:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 4:10:01 AM EDT by Coolio]
Don't sweat it BB.

I just had my first one done about three weeks ago (I've been fortunately blessed with good teeth. The tooth that got the root canal got a gold crown a year ago because it got damaged when I bit down on something hard in a Goddamn frozen dinner!).

The worst part was the anxiety. There was almost no pain at all. My dentist DID manage to "zap" me just once (which he recognized and so he promptly gave me another hit of novacaine).

Honestly dude, it's NO biggie.

The worst part of the whole procedure for me was the antibiotic. I tolerated it fine at first, but then it gradually started to upset my stomach more and more. It took about a week to get my plumbing set back to rights afterwards.

ETA: Almost forgot to add. Don't worry about the pain after the procedure. This is NOT a given. I had NO PAIN AT ALL afterwards and didn't need to take any of the pain killers that my dentist prescribed. Cross that bridge when you come to it (you might not need to cross it at all!).
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:33:28 AM EDT
I had one done a few years ago and honestly I didn't think it wasany worse than getting a filling. Wouldn't want to do it again but if you get the right dentist it shouldn't be all that painful. Never had to take anything stronger than tylenol after any of my visits.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:35:26 AM EDT
The only bad part is if it is a tooth in the back, you might have to keep your mouth open for a while. Other than jaw being tired/sore from keeping it open, no big deal.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 4:41:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 4:43:10 AM EDT by yugosksfan]
Don't worry about it. I just went in to the dentist yesterday morning to get a root canal done on a molar with a cavity in it. The doc gave me about 5-6 shots of novacaine in the gums (I'm usually petrified of needles) and I didn't feel a thing except for pressure (not pain) while he was working on it. A little bit into the procedure he just pulled the molar because the interior of the tooth was pretty much beyond saving. I still have the sutures in my mouth. All I've experienced is soreness in my jaw. Nothing that some over-the-counter Ibuprofen hasn't taken care of.

I went in nervous as all hell because I had a bad experience the last time I was in the chair (different dentist). I was in the chair for 4.5 hours and about 3/4 of the way through the novacaine started to wear off and it felt like my nerves were in a blender for a split second. That sucked. As soon as he noticed I was in pain, however, he gave me another shot or three and I was relieved. This is not par for the course, however, so don't think that it will be like this for you. Every other procedure in my life has been very uneventful.

After my root canal, I came home with a bottle of Hydrocodone (painkillers, the fun kind... ), took one and crashed for the rest of the day. I only ended up taking one pill because I didn't really have much pain when I woke up the next day.

Don't worry about it, you'll be fine. Odds are you won't feel a thing.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 5:02:06 AM EDT

Originally Posted By efpeter:
The only bad part is if it is a tooth in the back, you might have to keep your mouth open for a while. Other than jaw being tired/sore from keeping it open, no big deal.



My dentist gave me a hard rubber bite block; sort of like a bumper jack for the mouth.
It helped a LOT.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:24:58 PM EDT
Well I hope all goes well, I'm leaving in a minute.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:26:55 PM EDT
Grab the Dentist by the balls and look at him and say "we're not gonna hurt each other, are we"?

Danny
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:28:31 PM EDT



HI EVERYBODY!


Don't worry, you won't feel a thing!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:29:17 PM EDT
I've had two. They aren't that bad. Worst part is the way my jaw muscles ache from keeping my mouth open that long. The novacaine takes away any pain while they're doing it and afterward, there's no nerve left to hurt.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:31:26 PM EDT
The gas, get the gas, it's good shit.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:32:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/28/2006 12:34:48 PM EDT by KorpiszZ389]
I had an absess about 2 years ago. The pain rated a 20 on a scale of 1-10. I was on aceteminophen (spelling?) with codiene (spelling?). That didn't do anything for me so they gave me vicodin. The first one worked good, then they stopped working so they gave me percocet. The first few worked, then stopped. The only thing that held the pain off was crushed ice held on the tooth and gum. When I was finally able to see the root canal guy, I didn't really feel much. If you don't like dental work (who does?) try not to notice the smoke coming out of your mouth when he burns the roots (NOT kidding!). But it really isn't bad at all.

For those of you who said it hurt like hell, I'd suggest you go to a different dentist next time! Seriously, if your guy makes it hurt, something aint right. Go to a specialist. I think they're called endodontists.

ETA- I do remember the only pain I did feel was after he took the damn plastic thing out of my mouth that held it open. That hurt my jaw muscles.

ETA- If you think one or two shot of novocaine is bad... I had all 4 wisdon teeth taken out last summer, while I was awake. They gave me 12 shots! Two were in the back of my throat. OUCH!!!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 12:57:49 PM EDT
The worst part will be when they jab the needle in and inject Novocaine into the swollen gums. After that, you'll feel some pressure but no pain, if they did it right. After the procedure, you won't feel any pain at all because there won't be any nerves or insides in the tooth.

Until you get the bill...
I'm convinced that the reason everyone says root canals hurt is because of the bill, not the procedure. If I remember, it was $1 grand + for the procedure on a molar and $1 grand + for the crown and fitting. Insurance usually only picks up a part of it.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 1:00:28 PM EDT
AAARRRRRRGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!

PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN - PAIN!!!!

DISCOMFORT - DISCOMFORT - DISCOMFORT - DISCOMFORT - DISCOMFORT!!
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 1:00:58 PM EDT
I always get gas, even for cleanings. Hell it is a good buzz the hell if I am going to pass it up. Going to the dentist is a little more appealing if I know I will be stoned in the process.
Link Posted: 2/28/2006 3:40:15 PM EDT
I'm back and dentist didn't do a damn thing. He said because I have a sinus infection it would be best to come back in a week. He said I have to much sinus drainage and may make the procedure more difficult. Meaning that he doesn't want me choking on my snot and cause him to goof up. Well another week of stress and anxiety.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 10:57:01 AM EDT
Well I went back to the dentist two days ago and he gave me three shots to numb me up and I still felt him drilling away so he quit the procedure. He then gave me a script for some of those nice little white pills to take when I come back in a week. I don't understand though; three shots and I wasn't even numb.

Anyone ever experience this before?
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:19:33 AM EDT

Originally Posted By blue_bomber:
Well I went back to the dentist two days ago and he gave me three shots to numb me up and I still felt him drilling away so he quit the procedure. He then gave me a script for some of those nice little white pills to take when I come back in a week. I don't understand though; three shots and I wasn't even numb.

Anyone ever experience this before?



NOPE. that is strange... is he new to the field of densistry? Im not trying to be a wiseass but it just seems strange that he couldnt numb it.

Have you ever had Novacaine before and it worked on you?

Something sounds odd.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:28:56 AM EDT
had a couple - not as bad as people may say- and had 4 wisdoms pulled while awake and watching that was teh suxxor.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:31:00 AM EDT
Yes, I have had that happen before. Not a root canal though. I had one of my teeth come in in the middle of the roof of my mouth. The dentist had to do surgery and cut some of the bone out of the way. Then they could get a bracket on it and get it where it was supposed to be. I had braces for 6 six years. Anyway, it took, all told 9 shots of Novicane. I still get Christmas cards from that dentist 18 years later.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:37:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:45:19 AM EDT

Originally Posted By adair_usmc:
I can never feel it. Novocaine is your friend.



Novocaine is passe. Lidocaine is what is most commonly used as its faster acting, longer acting and less hypersensitivity problems.

On the procedure, it is not much of a problem with pain other than that from straining your jaw wide open for 3 hours. There will be some interesting stuff like a dental dam to keep the site sterile while the endodontist is pithing and cleaning the root from the tooth. IIRC, they still use the glowing hot picks, using a torch to render these barbed metal prods glowing red before inserting them into the root space.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 9:47:22 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/18/2006 9:50:12 AM EDT by gus]

Originally Posted By blue_bomber:
Well I went back to the dentist two days ago and he gave me three shots to numb me up and I still felt him drilling away so he quit the procedure. He then gave me a script for some of those nice little white pills to take when I come back in a week. I don't understand though; three shots and I wasn't even numb.

Anyone ever experience this before?



My dentist gave me a lot more than three little squirts of novacaine for my root canal - more like 6. I was pretty nervous before the procedure, and pretty much gripped the hell out of the arm rests on the chair for about the first 5 minutes. By then I realized I wasn't going to feel any pain. Mine was absessed pretty bad too - I was on antibiotics for two weeks before the root canal trying to get the side of my head to deflate. Once he was finished I had absolutely no pain other than my jaw muscles and a few sore spots where he injected the novacaine. My advice is get the pills, get it taken care of, and be done with it. You'll probably wonder why you were so worried after it's all over.

ETA: Now that I think about it it was Lidocaine that my doc used. Says so right there on the receipt. I don't remember him heating up the metal pins though.
Link Posted: 3/18/2006 10:28:03 AM EDT
Keith_J: Novocaine is passe. Lidocaine is what is most commonly used as its faster acting, longer acting and less hypersensitivity problems.

That's what my dentist said to me once...something about how Novocaine was given up some time ago do to allergic problems, and how they use different drugs today. Something like that. I can't remember all that well.

I am one of those people who is deathly afraid of dentists...it's the anticipation: Sitting in that chair, hearing instruments of torture whirring, whistling, and grinding around you and wondering what they are going to find/do today. Also, the surroundings has something to do with it. When I changed dentists, I noticed much of the fear would dissipate prior to the visit.

I prefer the air-pressurized needle-gun over the average syringe they use. You can't feel the gun, but the syringe hurts.

This is my first post here. A dentist thread of all threads. lol. Hi all.
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