I Survived My First Root Canal

The stories I had heard about root canals made me shudder. Then that fateful day came. The only way to save my molar was to have a root canal done. (on the bright side, I am almost 60 and just getting my first; I have met a number of people who had theirs when still only 1/2 my age)


Somehow, an infection got out of control in between my regular visits to the dentist. Too much of the pulp of the tooth had been killed off. To fix this problem, my dentist had to perform a root canal. During the procedure, he numbed the area and then drilled a hole into the tooth. Using various tools and equipment, he went down inside of the tooth and scraped away the nerves and dead pulp. Afterwards a rubber-like material was inserted into the holes left behind.

This is a very effective procedure, although very time consuming as well. In most cases, a root canal can take several hours, although it is the only way to stop the dying pulp and save the tooth. Even though it may take a long time – it is more than worth it when it saves your tooth from being extracted.

In my case, it took almost 2 and 1/2 hours, after which I went to the GF’s house to rest.

Since the area had been frozen, there was little pain. Discounting the longer time in the chair, I did not find this much different than having a filling done.

I’ve thought of getting one of those custom t-shirts made.

Root Canal T-Shirt