Patient Comments: Root Canal - Recovery


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Comment from: painful, 45-54 (Patient) Published: September 19

This has been one of the worst experiences of my life. I got a root canal 2 months ago. I have been to the dentist multiple times and back to the endodontist. Everything looks great on x-ray and crown looks good. Finally I went for a second opinion. I was prescribed steroids to help reduce inflammation. Feels a little better, but I still have lots of pain. I know most root canals are successful. But what about the agony of those that are not. I was not in a lot of pain before this procedure.

Comment from: Jennifer, Published: October 31

I have had three bowel operations in 20 years, one was to remove a mesh which perforated my sigmoid colon. I had a temporary colostomy, reversed 15 years ago. Now I have severe constipation and a colonoscopy revealed that my colon turns back on itself and I believe it is due to adhesions. One surgeon I approached said he would be afraid of doing more damage if he looked laparoscopically. The gastroenterologist agrees that it could be due to adhesions. I use enemas every couple of days to empty my bowel but I really want to get some solution. However I live in dread of another colostomy.

Comment from: Bitten and swollen, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 17

I was bit by a brown recluse spider in between my little toe and next. I could barely see it but it became white the next day. I was in pain but not sick to my stomach. We went to an urgent care two days later and the doctor gave me a light antibiotic. We then went on vacation for 3 days to South Padre island. My foot swelled up like a football. I was putting heat on it and that is a mistake. Always put ice around the swollen area. My foot looked like a soft ball mitt and the color around my toes was a dark red going to purple. I went to a hospital and they admitted me right away. They gave me a powerful antibiotic shot then a tetanus shot, then observed me in the emergency room for 3 hours. I am now on powerful antibiotics and Benadryl cream. And I take diphenhydramine during the day and night. You must do these things until the bite site heals, or it is surgery.

Comment from: Ezster, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 12

My recovery from my molar tooth root canal so far was successful. My specialist drilled a hole into my bad, old root canal and dug out the infection. He injected medication to treat the large infection and help restore the bone loss from the bacteria eating away over the years. Then, he filled the hole with a temporary filling. If things keep going well in the next three weeks, all I need is just the permanent crown and all will be good for a decade or two. I am in pain, my right ear hurts, and my tooth that was operated on. I was denied my prescribed Norco medication by many pharmacists. I have to resort to taking three 200 mg ibuprofen and two 500 mg extra strength Tylenol, as suggested by my dentist, I'm guessing for the possibility of not getting my Norco medication for the few days of pain. I guess, I can tough out the pain, since it is not extreme pain. The recovery overall, is going well. I am glad things are going well. Three weeks from recovery I will return to get my crown fitted in properly.

Comment from: Florence H, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 02

I had a root canal in November 2014. I had so much pain, I returned in November again right before Thanks Giving 2014. My dentist informed me that the root canal was infected and that food was in my teeth. She cleaned it out and started to drill without giving me any pain injection of lidocaine, it hurt me so bad by reflex I grabbed her hand, so she stopped drilling, but she continued to clean out the infection. She packed my teeth with something that smells like bleach and cotton, I really think it was some type of bleach because she splattered it on my shirt, and now it has bleach dots. I could be wrong saying its bleach but it smelt just like bleach. She gave me a prescription for antibiotic and Motrin. I returned to the dentist with the same problem in January 2015, she said it was infected again while we were in the waiting room and gave me the same medicine. So when I got home I did my research online about root canals. So during my recent visit on February 18, 2015, the dentist told me my root canals is infected, and that she could see pus, but she stated the root canal looked good. So the dentist did the same thing, cleaned and packed my tooth, but this time I didn't smell any bleach. The dentist tried to hurry me off because she had an appointment, due to my frustration I asked the dentist how long will it take her to finish the root canal, and she told me some nonsense. I told her if she would do it correctly, I would not keep having all these continuing infections and if she would have done the root canal properly, food would not keep getting trapped in the area. So finally the dentist sealed my teeth, and I did feel better that day, but I think that the root canal is making me have other medical problems. My root canal area is painful, I think it is making the right side of my neck painful, and I rarely ever have a headache, now I am getting headaches on the back of my head. I just want this to be over.

Comment from: Lacy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I had prostatectomy, which required a Foley catheter. Now I am getting the hint of an erection which causes urination.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I eat only vegetables. I suffer with pain in joints of big toes and thumbs.


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Comment from: sweepea, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

The first root canal was on a canine tooth. It was instantly better, and there was no pain, once the Novacaine wore off. My second root canal was on a pre-molar. My gums from where the dental dam/clamp was placed were very sore, and the tooth only hurt for a few hours. The third was on a molar, it was very painful for about 24 hours. My upper gum was very sore from the injection site of the Novacaine.

Comment from: Brian, 55-64 Female Published: November 18

I find hanging my head over the end of the bed and shaking it from side to side has helped me with my vertigo.

Comment from: D.R., 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 24

I had a root canal done in early December 2011. I knew it was infected because of the tenderness, throbbing and very painful when I ate or drank anything. My gum above the tooth was very tender and swollen. I went in to see my doctor and he started right away on the root canal without treating the infection first!!! He began to numb my gums above the tooth. Several Novocain shots later, I believe I had a total of eight shots and still felt the pain of him drilling and pulling the roots out. I also said to him that there is a foul smell and taste draining into my throat. He replied that it is not related to my tooth. I wish I would have stopped him then. He continued to finish the procedure. The root canal is done. It IS January 22, 2012 and from the time I had my root canal to today’s date I have had a small mess above my gums. It is very tender and sore. I work up this morning (1-22-2012) and my face looks like a melon on the right side. My neck is starting to swell and I feel like my eye is going to pop out of its socket. I have to wait until Monday to call and have someone fix the problem that should not have escalated to this. The doctor should have treated me with antibiotics before he ever tried to do the root canal.

Comment from: Carrie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

I have had four root canals and I have had pain and infections since. My front bottom teeth usually hurt to some degree all the time. I had 2 root canals one right next to the other. I have a good dentist but am sick of having this pain in my teeth. I had 1 root canal when I was a teenager that never bothered me, but that was on a molor. The next one I had was 6 years ago, it became badly infected and I ended up in the ICU overnight fearing my throat would swell shut. I had 2 other root canals in that tooth since last year. And it is still painful.

Comment from: Mummsie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Had my second root canal this afternoon, at my dental college. The care was excellent and, judging from the follow up from last root canal, I expect it will be good this time too. I got pain and an infection last time. It appeared by the third day. I called and was quickly put on antibiotics, as well as strong pain killers. No hesitation. They took me seriously. The pain and infection were gone soon, all is healed now and I got up the nerve to go for this one. So far, excellent care and follow up care. I will continue to have my dental work done at the dental college.

Comment from: Tasha, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 22

A year ago I had a root canal. I am still suffering from it and go to the dentist almost every month. The pain gets so bad sometimes that I can't sleep. The dentist said the nerve is dead and I shouldn't feel any pain, but the pain is excruciating. I totally regret having this done. My worst experience ever!

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 08

I had a root canal two days ago. The numbing process was painful, then after three injections I could feel the drill so had to get two more injections. Today my lip is still numb. The pain afterward was worse than before the procedure. I can't eat or sleep and am now starting on prednisone. I think an extraction would have been a better alternative.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had a root canal three weeks ago. I have been back as I continue to have pain but my dentist just keeps saying I shouldn’t have any pain as the nerve is dead. I am frustrated as I am not imagining this pain.

Comment from: Kaycee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I just had my first root canal and I was extremely nervous as I had heard such horror stories. The whole procedure took over an hour. The procedure was easier for me than having a crown as it was minimal noise and smell. No pain was felt before or afterwards. My dentist is extremely good at what he does thank goodness.


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Comment from: BPete, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I just had my second root canal in 12 years. The first one was tough, upper right back molar. Because I have a very sensitive gag reflex it was very difficult for the dentist to work on that one, but it was as I remember pretty painless. This recent one was on the lower left, much easier for him to reach and see, and despite that my jaw is a little sore from keeping my mouth open for almost an hour, it was painless. I took an ibuprofen when I got home and I've been fine since.

Comment from: Ellie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I have had three root canals over the years. This is the worst. I had it done 3 days ago and I am in severe pain. I cannot close my mouth. I cannot chew. I cannot sleep. Today the doctor is prescribing an antibiotic. I would rather just have him pull it it hurts so bad!!

Comment from: gilly, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I had a root canal yesterday on a back tooth which had kept me up all night. Once froze i experienced no pain at all during the procedure until the freezing wore off. I have now had no sleep for 2 nights and over the counter painkillers are not even taking the edge off the pain. Can’t eat or close my mouth fully as pressure on the tooth is pure agony. Not happy!!!!!