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    Default I hate dentists!

    I am in deep pain today all day after getting my first root canal. Together with a crown and everything it will cost me $1000 the good doctor said.

    Please feel free to share some terrible stories to make me feel better.

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    Have had 2 root canals, neither with painkillers. Never felt any pain a couple of aspirin didn't cure. I refuse to take those ice picks they call novacaine.

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    I know a ten-year-old little girl who weighs less than 50 pounds who had two root canals done the same day and didn't so much as wince and never complained. She didn't even ask for Tylenol afterwards either.

    I'd say you should consider yourself lucky to pay $1000 for a root canal and crown placement. Many insurance plans requires much more than that. I'd be willing to bet you'd gladly pay even more than a grand to arrest the pain if you had forgone today's canal. Instead of hating the dentist you should be singing praises.

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    Root canals can be a *****. My worst one was when I was about your age, Big. I didn't have much money but I did have some dental coverage. I went to Northwestern Dental College's office where the students do the work because my portion of what I owed was not so much. Don't ever do that for a root canal. It took forever. It was a big molar and it not only had four roots, but some split off into two canals. It took two appointments for that student to dig it out. I remember that after the first appointment I was so woozy that I didn't want to get on the train, so I went to McDonalds just to have somewhere to sit down. My condolences, Big - and welcome to the joys of gettin' old.
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    Wow, I got censored. I guess I can't say the b-word, huh?
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    When it comes to tricky root canals I'd consider an endodontist. Spider probably would have some valuable comments---if he wasn't put off by the thread's title.

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    I was being sarcastic pm. Obviously I respect dentists for helping people keep their teeth. I just hate giving them a visit.

    I was fine during the procedure. Two hours after though half of my mouth was on fire. It is slowly getting better but not by much yet.

    And prices are still from another world. A dentist can pretty much do one root canal per day for 1-2 hours and make $200K per year.

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    People love to tell horror stories, especially about the dentist, but no one starts a converstion about how easy and painless a dental procedure was (except my good friend pm01). For every bad experience there are hundreds of thankful patients who were able to keep a tooth they thought would be hopeless, who were relieved of severe pain by a simple procedure, who were surprised that their bill was so much less than they expected.

    Root canal treatment is usually pretty uneventful, especially when done by a specialist (endodontist), but the rare bad ones can indeed be very painful, and those ones get all the publicity. And pm01 is also right about the price - I'd expect a root canal and crown to run at least $2000, and it's well worth it to save a part of your body.

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    Depending upon the circumstances but an endodontist can do a root canal in fifteen minutes or less. The little girl I spoke of had two done in < 25 minutes. I had a complicated (and infected) one done a few years ago and it took about 20 minutes. No pain during or after. Each root canal was about $550 a pop, then comes the cosmetic work.

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