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Root Canal Question

Discussion in 'Dental' started by high_hopes, Apr 10, 2001.

  1. high_hopes

    high_hopes Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2001
    Edgewood, Wa, USA
    I have just been told that I need a root canal. I understand that they take the pulp out and replace it (or something like that), but is this actual surgery? Do they have to put you under. Does it hurt a lot afterwards? They most I have ever had done is get cavities filled. Can anyone help me with this?
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  3. brwncaddy

    brwncaddy Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 23, 2001
    Just think of it as having A REALLY BIG cavity filled, because that is what it is.
    They'll drill a large hole into your crown and and scoop out all the diseased tissue and clean out the pulp cavity then replace the pulp with a substance and probably give you a temporary filling. Having had one myself, there is absolutely nothing to worry about. As far as pain goes, my endodontist told me that a lot of the teeth she sees are so far dead by the point they come in to see her that she doesn't even use anesthetic a lot of the time.
  4. high_hopes

    high_hopes Member 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2001
    Edgewood, Wa, USA
    Thanks for the reply. It helps.
  5. Mikado

    Mikado Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 2, 2001
    It doesn't hurt as such but it does feel worse that most other thing i've ever experienced. The feeling of having someone filing down deep into your jaw is kind of like that feeling you get when someone runs their fingernails down a blackboard except its actually happening right inside your very own skull. I hope this helps you.
  6. Wasabi

    Wasabi Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Chicago, Illinois
    Hehe, that's exactly how I felt.. The feeling was so intense that I wanted to curl up and die.

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