Tomorrow morning I'm going to the dentist to have a root canal done on a broken tooth so it can be repaired/crowned later. I've never had a root canal before but I have heard all the horror stories about how painful they are. My dentist says that they are no worse then having a filling done, but I'm still nervous. Are root canals really as painful as some people make them out to be? Thanks in advance.
They will numb you before doing any work and if the numbing is done correctly, you won't feel pain. Root canals take longer than filling cavities and you may have to go back a second time for a final cleaning of the root canals. If you have pain, it will be afterwards as the nerves around the tooth will be sore from the work.
But the relief from the tooth pain and knowing you are almost done and getting a nice, new crown should keep you fine. They will give you some pain killers after the procedure in case you need them.
I've had three and don't feel they are too much more than cavities.
I have had 5 and never any problems - the first day they may throb a bit but for me that would happen even with a filling. A few of them actually developed infections first which were more painful than the rc procedure. I have heard stories too and a few friends of mine have had terrible experiences with them but I think some of that has to do with the dentist and the tooth affected as well. Personally I think endontists are better at doing them since that's their specialty - I had one done by a regular dentist and had it retreated by an endo due to occassional "flare ups" of pain.
Well, I just got home from my first root canal appointment. There was a little pain involved, but it wasn't the hellish nightmare I thought it would be. Now all I have to do is go to my second root canal appointment next week, see my regular dentist about a crown, and I'm all set. Again. thanks to everyone for the replies.