For some reason, the words ‘root canal’ conjure images of extreme pain and suffering in our minds. A few years ago I needed a root canal. Whenever I told people that I was going to have the procedure done they would immediately put on a sympathetic “Oh my gosh, I hope you don’t die” kind of face. Since I had never had a root canal before I didn’t really know what to expect. I went into the appointment prepared for the worst. But the outcome was not at all what I expected.
I was in an incredible amount of pain before I visited the dentist. It was some of the worst pain I have ever felt in my life. I’m talking crippling white-knuckle just want to scream kind of pain. It got so bad that I just had to do something about it.
During the procedure, the dentist used some local anesthesia to numb up to my mouth. I didn’t feel a thing. He gave me a prescription for some pain medication. But I never needed it. I went home and already felt so much better. I think I took aspirin or two the first day but after that I was fine. Sure the idea of a root canal might seem scary but it was worlds better than living with a toothache.
When you get a root canal the dentist will remove the visible part of your tooth and replace it with a crown. My root canal was on one of my back molars. Visually, the new tooth blended perfectly with my existing teeth. Although the new tooth structure took some time to get used to, it soon became just another part of my mouth. I don’t even notice it now. Not only does my tooth look great but now it will be cavity-free forever. I don’t have to worry about any more pain.
I thought that a root canal would take a long time. Although mine occurred a few years ago, I don’t remember it taking longer than an hour or two. I did have to wait a week or so while the crown was being manufactured. But as soon as the procedure was over I was pain-free. It was a great feeling.
If you are apprehensive about getting a root canal, don’t be. I wish that I had done it sooner. It would have saved me a great deal of pain.