January 22, 2010

Root Canal Update.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 12:00 am

It was in excess of a three-hour ordeal. Lots of injections, including more than a couple directly into the nerve. Yowza!

If someone invents a system for doing a root canal that is less medieval, I suggest that you immediately go long in the stock. I for sure as shit will.


  1. I’ve blocked all memories of the two I’ve been through, except for the sweet sweet reward at the end… a lovely little vial of vicodin. Not quite as tasty as Firefly Sweet Tea, but does the job nicely.
    I hope they gave you some RX lovin’ too.

    Comment by LeeAnn — January 22, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  2. Glad you survived! I do hope Mr. Pharmaceutical has sent some lovin’ your way, though.

    Comment by Mr. Bingley — January 22, 2010 @ 7:44 am

  3. If it still hurts, go fishing…if you get my drift.

    Directly into the nerve = bad shot.

    Just curious, was the tooth on top or bottom? It does make a difference on how you’re “numbed”.

    Glad you’re OK…

    Comment by Yabu — January 22, 2010 @ 9:51 am

  4. Upper … second from the back.

    Did I mention that the dentist light blew out mid-procedure and the doc did the job with a lighted mirror and a light widget on his forehead? It added to the adventure.

    The post visit bourbon (Michter’s — excellent) helped.


    Comment by Jim — January 22, 2010 @ 11:05 am

  5. Massa Jim,
    I had TWO of it WITHOUT anesthesia …!
    I am strong! (haha!) No vicodin!
    But the ache before the treatment was unbearable.

    Have a nice (rootless) day!

    Comment by Maria Eddy — January 22, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  6. How awful!
    Hoping you’re feeling better soon.

    Comment by Fausta — January 22, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

  7. Maria Eddy,

    No anesthesia? Good God!!

    I knew a woman who was my dentist’s hygienist (she ultimately went to dental school). She spent the first dozen years of her life in Poland, and she told me that in Poland she had a root canal without anesthesia.

    I cannot imagine what that must be like. I can’t even think about it without shanking my head to make the thought go away.


    Comment by Jim — January 22, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

  8. Ah – having had something similar many years ago (took 6 injections – 2 directly into the nerve) I ache in sympathy. I hope you are now finished with all the awfulness and the mouth heals up quickly!!!

    Comment by Teresa — January 23, 2010 @ 1:15 am

  9. From what I understand from my friend the Dentist – Endodontist…is that teeth on the top are much harder to “numb”…Don’t know why…something about different quadrants and nerves. Also, he explained that all of a persons teeth have a different number of “root canals”, and sometimes all of ’em are hard to find. Like I said, I’ve only had one, so I can only speak from my experience. He did take about 5 or 6 additional X-Rays throughout the procedure. I guess I was lucky, I didn’t feel any nerve “jolts of pain”, but my mouth and jaw were sore as hell from having been jacked open for so long.

    Anyway, better to save the tooth than extract it. If you yank it, the only way to get it back is to go the titanium implant route. Works though. You can’t grow a new tooth, and you know…you need ’em.

    I’m doing a shot, maybe several, of BBBC for you.

    Cool Runnings!!

    Comment by Yabu — January 23, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  10. Massa Jimbo,
    It was not because we didn’t have anaesthesia: the infection was so great that the anaesthesia didn’t work!
    But the lack of pain (and it was aching as hell!)was complete bliss!!

    Comment by Maria Eddy — January 23, 2010 @ 11:18 am

  11. I have had 5 root canals and they never hurt while getting them done. I do have phantom pain in two on them once in a while…were weird since they are dead. Paying for my root canals is what hurt me the most!

    Comment by LeeAnn — January 24, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  12. Oh yeesh – hope all is better now…

    Comment by Richmond — January 24, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

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