I Had a Root Canal

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 133 People

    Unfortunately, Twice!

    When I saw the name of this group, I immediately got shivers all over my body, due to the pure horror the mere thought of root canal gave me. I had it twice and it was one of the worst, most excruciating pain I have ever experienced. I had anesthesia during the therapy itself, so...
    PurpleQueen PurpleQueen
    36-40, F
    Mar 16, 2009

    Rather Painful

    I am a wimp when it comes to dental work, so I was terrified of having to do this! I was uncomfortable for weeks with this, causing headaches and earaches galore! The memory of this keeps me flossing daily!
    debmichelle debmichelle
    Jun 29, 2008

    Lost Count

    I think I am at 8 or 9 now, I know it isn't double digits yet. The first was bad, I must have been around 18 or 19 at the time and didn't know that is what the dentist was doing. He didn't tell me, he just did it and had me on gas so I wasn't paying attention real well either...
    outercalm outercalm
    51-55, M
    1 Response Apr 16, 2009

    The Root Of All Evil.

    Up until today I didn't actually know what a root canal was. I mean, I knew it had something to do with your teeth, but I never actually knew what was involved in the process. For those that don't know, allow me to explain....Who cares what it actually is! The very mention of a...
    blindsniper blindsniper
    36-40, M
    2 Responses Sep 6, 2013

    I Also Did Not Use Anasthesia...

    The first time I required a tooth to be filled while visiting the dentist, the shot of novocaine, when given, was very painful.  The nest time I required a filling, I told the dentist that I didn't want the shot because I was sure that the process of filling the tooth could...
    slugacres slugacres
    61-65, M
    1 Response Sep 13, 2008

    I Hate Root Canals

    Is there anything more painful than having someone trying to split your head in half?  Thats how dental work feels to me, especially when it is a root canal.  Today...WHEW.  Can we say "give me pain killers please."? To make it worse, I have what the...
    peanutbrittle peanutbrittle
    46-50, F
    Jun 24, 2008


    I had one on Thursday on the right side bottom and then one today one the right side top....you would think that it would be painful but nothing a little Motrin can't take care of...the real pain was before...I had fractured both teeth and one of them in two places....it wasn't...
    deleted deleted
    Oct 13, 2009

    Wasn't All That Bad

    The general thought of the mechanics of a root canal and mild discomfort were the worst parts. When I first found out I needed one, I was terrified, but my only other option was to have it pulled, and I feel I'm too young to not have all of my teeth (even if the tooth in question...
    fitterhappiervelcro fitterhappiervelcro
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 15, 2008

    My Dentist Fu*cked Up, Last Resort.. Root Canal

    before this happened, i visited my dentist for a pain i couldnt make out where it came from, she checked my teeth and told me that one tooth needs to go cos its the only thing that causes me pain we discussed a lot and she won..root canal was not an option as she had said.. after...
    magicaldoll magicaldoll
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 29, 2008

    First Root Canal

    I just had one a couple days ago and I didn't feel a thing because of all the Novocaine. I even wanted to fall asleep a couple of times. My favorite part was a little after I they got done and I still had the numb sensation all over the left side of my face. The thing that I didn...
    DoobieRocks DoobieRocks
    18-21, M
    Jan 22, 2010

    I Have Had 2 Root Canals....

    And am 25. I don't get what the big fuss is to be honest. Both of mine were painfree and took under an hour to complete. There was a bit of pain after the 2nd root canal but not painful enough to consider medication.
    deleted deleted
    Apr 27, 2011

    Exploding Tooth

    Yesterday I was sucking on a piece of candy when I felt something else in my mouth. I fished it out and couldn't make sense of it at first. Then it hit me, it was a huge filling and pieces of a molar. My tongue sought out the damaged tooth and found a huge gaping,jagged cavern...
    datura datura
    56-60, F
    27 Responses Feb 26, 2008

    Root Canal Dilemma

    I had poor dentistry as a child. Not only was I not given any Novocain but the actual work was poor. My childhood dentist did not use x-rays on children. That was probably a good thing but it also probably added to the poor dental care. I had many fillings as a child and all were...
    dougc dougc
    56-60, M
    3 Responses Nov 3, 2010

    Just Because I Had To

    I had to have a root canal done for my job, boy did it suck even though the doctor was cool about it I had nitrous for it to calm me down that really didn't help I had the nitrous turned up to the max and i still was a nervous wreck. I don't wish it upon anyone
    tankerman1 tankerman1
    41-45, M
    Apr 16, 2010

    Glad It's Over...almost

    In the last 10 months, i had 8 root canals.  I now have 6 permanent crowns, and have only 2 more to go...hallelujah!!  Thanks to being a bulimic, this is a price not everyone get to hear about.
    triciafly triciafly
    31-35, F
    1 Response Nov 19, 2008

    Had Root Canal Several Times

    Root canal has no secrets for me. It is unpleasant but manageable. First time around the dentist suggested that I would need anesthetics because 'everything should have died  down because of the infection' He was so wrong: my roots are exceptionally long ( in a very...
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Dec 3, 2008

    I just had my first root canal less

    than 48 hours ago and I completely wasted anxiety over this. As I posted before under "I need a root canal" I was nervous. Prior to my appointment, I did all kinds of research on root canals and other people's experience. The majority of people said it was the worst pain they...
    Lipsofred Lipsofred
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 20, 2014

    Pain Canal

    Please...brush and floss and covet your pearly whites. You need those choppers man, you have to take good care of them always!
    deleted deleted
    Mar 1, 2011

    Root Canal? No Biggie!

     Okay, so yes, I look back on my whole experience this last month and laugh at that phrase. Since when has a root canal been no biggie? Well let's just start from the beginning: I was at my high school christmas concert in early December of 2008, and I was chewing on a beef...
    joesighugh joesighugh
    18-21, M
    Jan 7, 2009

    What's the Big Fuss?

    I was terrified when I found out I had to get a root canal. People say that it's awful. There's even the old saying "about as fun as a root canal". I spent a week alternately wincing with toothache and panicking about my upcoming appointment. I'm bad with dentists...
    ohsovery ohsovery
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Apr 18, 2008

    Both my dentist and one of his assistants were

    really encouraging and informative, which made my experience more positive than negative. It was relatively painless most of the time. I've had two root canals with two different dentists. I felt the first one more. With my new dentist, I didn't feel a lot of pain, thank...
    mifke mifke
    26-30, F
    Sep 24, 2014

    Oh Joy, A Root Canal!

    I got step 1 of my root-canal treatment last month. One of my molars had a cracked filling and was giving me constant excruciating pain. (Believe me, there is no pain like a toothache.) I actually wanted to die just so that the pain would go away. But then I went to the...
    OtomeSan OtomeSan
    41-45, F
    Apr 9, 2013

    I Have Had Worse Pain.

    I had bad experiences as a child with the dentist and grew up with a massive phobia of going to the dentist so growing up mainly consisted of going to the dentist to have a tooth removed because of an abcess, my front teeth got damaged because of a car accident and I had recently...
    kevmac7676 kevmac7676
    Feb 24, 2012

    Is That All?

    I was pretty mortified when I was told by my dentist that I needed a root canal. I mean, people say they have nightmares about this stuff...  And, being one of those people who is afraid of the dentist didn't help much, either. But, much to my surprise, my root canal (on my...
    Magickintheair Magickintheair
    1 Response Aug 29, 2008


    One Sunday morning I woke up with a huge face and a painful tooth... It was not a fun experience. I remember the guy had braces and that was weird to me. He was like 50. Also, I wasn't knocked out and I saw him pulling dangly brown things out of my mouth. It was gross. 
    kleisse kleisse
    22-25, F
    1 Response Jul 31, 2008

    Dont Believe the Hype Its Just Another Filling

    Everybody always hears these horror stories about root canals ...  my own mother used to act like they were the worse things in the world but i shouldve known because my momz is a drama queen and scared of everything...  so ofcourse when it was time for me to get one i...
    NYCtoMiamiChick NYCtoMiamiChick
    26-30, F
    Jan 20, 2009

    I have a root canal I need to get fixed.

    Has anyone ever had an infection that was at the root of the tooth? I was told it takes time for the body to regenerate new bone
    Rebecca321 Rebecca321
    26-30, F
    Jul 3, 2014

    Well, Half a One

    Yes, two weeks ago I forced myself off for the dreaded root canal with part 2 due to take place this last Friday.  Only because of severe numbness in my chin, not caused by the root canal (part 1) I now have to see a specialist.  I have no idea what's...
    psyko psyko
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 18, 2009

    Never Ending Hassle After Accident As A Child

    Age 9 knocked front teeth out, following emergency treatment by a dentist who smoked in the same room as he treated you ended up with recurrent abcesses. a new dentist redid my root canals when i was 15 years old, and one to the left of my front teeth which had died as a result...
    daisylooby daisylooby
    Aug 31, 2012


      Oh my, the worst feeling ever.  It is soooooooooooo painful.  I hope it was my first and last.  The only good part about having my root canal, I had a cute dentist.  ;)
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr
    36-40, F
    8 Responses Feb 10, 2010

    Not Having Fun

    i just realized i did have something productive to share...i had a root canal today.  i have been struggling with a bad tooth for over a month, had it filled and it fell out and hurt...i went in today and spent over an hour in the chair while the dentist poked and proded and...
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Feb 16, 2009

    Was Told I Had Gangrene

    I had a leaking filling.It needed root canal but above the tooth I had a dark red lump in the gum.They took and xray but said it would be ok for the dentist to deal with,i didnt need the dental hospital. The locum dentist from a foreign country started the treatment.Kept asking...
    liquidamber liquidamber
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Feb 14, 2011

    Zzzzzzzzzz... Huh?

    I don't like dentists. I'm not afraid, I just don't like the sounds. There's no way to drown out the sound of things grinding against my teeth, even blowing out my ears with death metal or white noise. I've had one root canal, early during high school, on a tooth that I chipped...
    mononoaware mononoaware
    26-30, M
    Jan 22, 2013

    This afternoon I had an appointment

    for a root canal at 12:00 pm. I wasn't that nervous because I just wanted to get it over with. The dentist explained the procedure and I was given about 2 shots of local anesthetic, it's hurt about 3/10. While the dentist waited for the anesthetic to work I watched tv for about...
    420Comrade420 420Comrade420
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 6, 2015

    Just Had 3 Root Canals

    I have never had a root canal before and my experience was not as bad as I expected. The thought of a root canal and research and stories I heard about it made me fear getting it done. I'm not saying it was a pleasent experience but 8 hours after the Root Canals I only have minor...
    bmgh bmgh
    36-40, M
    May 25, 2012
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