cavity filling vs. root canal

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  1. bandXtrb

    bandXtrb Banned

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    Today I had cavitiy filling(s) done, and it wasn't as bad as I imagined (didn't go to the dentist in a long time). It was very, very, very uncomfortable, yes, but it was tolerable.

    I am to have a root canal soon. How bad (painful) is this compared to the cavity filling procedure?
     
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    Much worse.
     
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    Never had a root canal... but i heard it HURTS.
     
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    My dad said it was terrible, and this is a guy who cut his own leg off with a penknife to free himself from a trapped car and merely called the experience "unfortunate".
     
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    heh... I'll see.
     
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    I had a root canal done many moons ago. I'm not going to say it didn't hurt, but it ain't all that bad.

    Just had a wisdom tooth pulled a couple of weeks ago...the freeking dentist chipped the adjoining tooth while doing it. Broke it right in half. Now that stung!
     
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    Root canal kinda hurt if they have to do it multiple times, cuz the dentist don't dare to use enough medicine to completely numb you for fear of overdose. I've had it done with minimum drugging now that FREAKING hurt.
    And I think it depends on how serious it is too because if alot of your nerves are dead you wouldn't feel much of it anyway right?
     
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    A root canal shouldn't hurt if you have a good dentist. He/she will know how much lidocaine/novacaine to give you to dull the sensations. You shouldn't feel much/anything as the needles are pushed in to destroy the roots. I don't know the exact procedure but will soon enough.

    - dental student at #1 dental school in the nation.
     
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    << Today I had cavitiy filling(s) done, and it wasn't as bad as I imagined (didn't go to the dentist in a long time). It was very, very, very uncomfortable, yes, but it was tolerable.

    I am to have a root canal soon. How bad (painful) is this compared to the cavity filling procedure?
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    if numbed u will be fine
     
  10. Renob

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    Dude I have had four root canals and there a piece of cake, my dentist is so cool he starts you off on GAS the your get to listen to some tunes I brought my own cd some old Black Sabbath then after a few minutes he gives you the shots and I never feel a thing..... Just tell your guy if you fill it that you want more shots...
     
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    I've had a few root canals, and they weren't that bad at all. Just ask for more novocaine. I asked my dentist to hook it up, and I didn't feel a thing, other than the violent jerking. The downside is that you'll be numb for the next 24 hours.
     
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    I've had three root canals. Two were virtually painless, and one was horrible. It all depends on your dentist, the shape of your roots, if there is any infection, and the condition of the root material itself.