my post-root-canal tooth

So, today I had my very first root canal, and I have to tell you — it was totally painless. My doctor swabbed the inside of my cheek with something banana-like, and then while making chitchat, anesthetized my lower jaw in under 20 seconds flat. Within five minutes, I didn’t know I had a lower jaw, and in another 20 minutes, he was done. I don’t know if it’s just that enormous progress has been made since the days that the phrase “as much fun as a root canal” was coined, but honestly, I’ve got nary a complaint.


You are lucky. It depends on how bad the damage is to the tooth. I went through 99% of a root canal (a 2 day affair) and then, suddenly the dentist packed up all his instruments and said he could save the tooth.

I had to have it pulled. And, it was soooo quick to pull that thing out, I was amazed. A little scary how easy it was.

• Posted by: Jeff on Jun 27, 2002, 3:44 PM

This would be great news, as I’ve avoided the dentist for the past (yikes) 15 years, out of fear of hearing those two little words (“root canal”). Still, you live in NYC, and I live in Canada. It might take ten more years for the technology to reach us up here… :)

• Posted by: James McNally on Jun 27, 2002, 7:42 PM
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