So about 9 months ago, I had a cavity filled that, quite honestly, should have been filled about 2 years prior to that. The dentist told me at the time of the filling that it was probably going to need a root canal eventually, since the filling was almost all the way down to the nerve.
Fast forward to last Thursday: I start getting random spurts of pain in my tooth and lower jaw, ranging from an unpleasant ache to out screaming-in-agony-pain. Sometimes the pain goes away in a few minutes, sometimes it persists for an hour or three. This continues all through the weekend, and peaked Sunday night with me taking 2 vicodin pills (leftover from a surgery about 5 months ago) and 5 advil just to dull the pain enough to fall asleep.
So first thing this morning, I call up the dentist’s office, and explain the situation. “Ok, we can get you in at 3:30” says the receptionist. I arrive at 3:27, get taken back to the exam room immediately (of course, I’m completely pain-free at that point). A few minutes of poking and prodding by the dentist, and it is determined that I do, in fact, require a root canal. A few shots of Novocain, a bunch of drilling and poking and god knows what else… and an hour and a half later, I walk out with a new vicodin prescription and a follow-up appointment for next week.
It was my first root canal, and I’m honestly shocked that they did it right away like that (although I certainly am not complaining). And actually, except for a minute or so of very uncomfortable feeling in my mouth, it was actually not as horrible as I’d been led to believe. Actually, I’ve had cavity fillings that have been much more unpleasant.
Anyone else have root canal stories to share?