Yesterday I went to the dentist with the second toothache I’ve ever had. The first one was 11-12 years ago and resulted in my wisdom teeth being removed; this one will result in a root canal. The procedure is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.
How much should I be dreading this? Having a root canal is an old running joke/euphemism for “I’d rather be doing anything else,” but Wikipedia assures me that modern root canals are typically no more painful than getting a filling. My dentist told me that I’d be numb for about an hour afterwards, and recommended that I bring 3 Advil with me to take before the numbness wears off. So I’m anticipating at least some pain/discomfort Tuesday evening. But if the procedure is finished at 4pm, should I be able to eat dinner at, say, 7?
Any recent root-canal-ees care to share their experience?