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Old 03-06-2011, 10:19 AM   #1
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Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

If you get a root canal, will it last forever, my sister said hers fell out but that she also hit it on something. Will it rid you of the pain, if your sensitive to food touching it, or from pressure? I don't want to waste that much money just to have to go back one day and have it pulled.

Any way to relieve the infection until you get in to see your dentist? I have antibiotics, oragel, hot/cold pack, pain pills, brush my teeth and rinse in mouth wash after I eat, floss, but I found that the mouth wash aggitates the pain. Salt water seemed to help some this morning. It's like pins and needles throbbing pain. Is that an affected nerve or just the infection returning?

Would it help to swish in peroxide to kill the infection, as long as you don't swallow the junk? I think my body is getting too used to antibiotics.

When I have the root canal, will it hurt really bad while I'm having it done? I was told I'd want to kill my dentist during the procedure. And I don't deal with severe pain too well.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

Hi. I would consider what tooth you need the rct. premolars and front teeth are easy, becasuse they have straight roots. Back molars are somewhat difficult and I would only do it with an specialist. I had a rct on a premolar that lasted from 18 years ago, 1 in a back molar that lasted 1 year and gave me an infection, and 1 in a premolar that lasted 4 years but also gave me a severe infection this last two were done by a general dentist. At last I lost these teeth. Hope this help you decide.

 
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:19 PM   #3
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

Infection can come back? Oh no. I think it's the first premolar tooth. I have an appt monday, I definetly plan to go, I cannot stand this pain anymore.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

Have you taken any painkiller like aspirin, tylenol or Percogesic? I find percogesic helps with dental pain quite a bit. And I've had alot of experience with root canals and such. You might even Tylenol for arthritis - I find that to be some of the strongest short of tylenol w/codeine. Overall though, go to the drugstore and get some percogesic. That should help reduce the throbbing a bit.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

Yes I've tried aspirin but I cannot use that anymore, it is so harsh on your tummy. Ibuprofen helped me some last night. Percogesic, never heard of. I hate tylenol. Hate, I mean hate. Does nothing for my pain. Even my docs say it sucks. I don't think tylenol arthritis is allowed to have codeine in it over the counter. Codeine can only be prescribed with a RX. And I have a horrible reaction to that stuff with my tummy. I don't react well with any narcotic. I see my dentist in 4 days, I'll survive this. LOL.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

I cannot eat anything now without it inflicting severe pain, doesn't matter if it's cold, hot, room temperature, soft, hard, anything. How am I supposed to stand that until Monday??

 
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Percogesic is over the counter on the shelf at the drugstore. It really does help. The pharmacist might also have a few suggestions for you. Maybe cold/hot packs.
I'm on the northern border and can get Tylenol w/codeine w/out prescription from Canada. Not a problem, that's why I mentioned it.

Hope you feel better soon.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

I've been taking doxycycline, it hasn't touched the pain. It was bad enough I could not eat, now I cannot lay down as it aggitates it. I called my dentist, they said they can't do the root canal if it's infected, so if they prescribe something, and that doesn't work, and I can't get this done on Monday, I'm going to be tempted to just go to the ER and have it yanked out. I can keep the pain minimal as long as I don't eat and use oragel all day. I haven't heard of Percogesic, but I don't have the $$ even if I could get it, all I have is going toward that stupid tooth. And not one dime to spare.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

I'm always SO shocked when I read about people saying that their root canal work hurt so tremendously. I've had some root canal work where the worst part was getting the anesthesia! I just had root canal work on a lower molar last month and it was no big deal at all, and I do not have a high pain threshold.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

I think the issue might be if your infection is going when you have the root canal. You are not supposed to get it fixed if your having pain. Pain indicates infection... There is no way my dentist is going to fix this tomorrow. I don't know how much longer I can stand it. I've taken cleocin so many times, this is the 4th or 5th time now, that I am nonresponsive to it. Keflux, garbage, Doxycline, didn't work. What am I going to do???

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

I know I've heard several dentists say they won't fix an abcess tooth while it's infected (you need to be on an antibiotic first), but I've had an endodontist do a root canal on more than one tooth that had an active infection before I was put on an antibiotic. However, they did give me an antibiotic to go home with.

Usually an abcess tooth will eventually form a pus pocket on the inner or outer gum area which will basically pop if it isn't fixed soon enough, and this will relieve the pressure and therefore pain from it also.

One of the best ways to help the infection along is to swish warm salt water in your mouth and around that tooth several times per day.

I'd still go to your dentist on Monday to see what they can do. Best wishes on pain relief soon!

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

He did the first part of my root canal. I have 3 more parts to finish. The procedure was pretty easy, didn't feel much pain until it was over, then it felt like my upper and lower jaw had been pulled apart too hard, maybe my TMJ flaring, and just some pain Ibuprofen got rid of. But the tooth is extremely sensitive. I can eat no problem but if it's touched, ouch. Tap on it and it has extreme pain. I know some soreness is normal for a few days, is that? I've only paid for the first half of the procedure, but I don't want to spend all that money and find out it's just going to need pulled anyways. I am taking an antibiotic, not that it feels very effective. It is a little I guess.

 
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Hi, I'm glad that you are beggining to feel better. I discovered that taking ibuprofen mixed with tylenol was very effective for me. I wish you the best luck with your RC.

 
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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

Hello. I read through your post. I had a root canal done on a front tooth about 6 weeks ago. He couldn't finish it as there was too much bleeding when he got to the bottom of the root canal. So he put in a temporary filling (medicated) and sealed it. After I got home it was sore to touch or bite on for a few days and then the pain went away. Now, yesterday, I went back and he removed the temporary filling and put in the permanent filling. Again, the tooth is bothering me. It doesn't have throbbing pain but it sure hurts if I tap it or bite down on it. Both times I never had to take antibiotics. I took an aspirin both times before the freezing came out. Right now I am taking some Tylenol as I can't take ibuprophen and aspirin is too hard on my stomach. He told me both times that it would take some time to settle down as he did a lot of work on it and when they do that there will be some soreness due to trauma to the tooth. He told me that if it really bothered me after a few days to call and he would see me right away. I am hoping that this settles down after a couple more days or I will let him take a look at it at the end of the week. I have had root canals before. The last one was done by a specialist who gave me a prescription for endocet when it was over but luckily that time I never had to take the pills. The pain eventually went away. I just tell you this in the hope that, for both of us, the pain goes away after a few days. Good luck!

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Re: Root canal or extraction?? Need pain relief..

Well, thanks.

I can tell the tooth is fractured, that is for sure. One problem with me is this is my chewing tooth, I have partials for the other side of my mouth, and I cannot wear them because for some reason, the top one's are hurting me with this tooth so sore. I accidently hit myself in the jaw this morning, and it felt like I knocked a tooth out, it hurt so bad. I didn't hit myself hard, but that tooth is extremely sensitive, so it felt like I got wacked good. Today is day 3, the pain is still bad, actually getting worse, I am having to take more and more Ibuprofen, and I'm not supposed to be taking Ibuprofen because of my tummy but after this root canal I can't even afford a bottle of tylenol.

They should have been better with discharge instructions. Anyone having this done, let me fair warn you, you do not want to eat anything hard until this is completely fixed. And by that I mean something as simple as a piece of toast. If they had told me this the start with, it would of saved me of some pain. You need to consider that tooth fractured, until it is fixed. I thought it would be okay to go back to a normal routine. It's nice to finally not feel pain when food goes in my mouth but honestly doesn't matter much when you can't chew it.

 
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