I just finished up a root canal with an endodontist. This procedure occurred over two appointments and a total time of about 2.5 hours. I had a root canal done on a different tooth about 15 years ago and the technique and procedure has changed dramatically. Most dramatic was the increase in cost!
This particular endodontist's exam rooms looked like something from a sci-fi movie - computer screens, equipment on overhead robotic arms, sterile white decor. It was quite impressive.
The procedure was 100% painless - before, during, and after. The only painful part was pulling out my wallet.
Dentists have new techniques for administering the Novocaine. I couldn't feel the needle going in! I am embarrassed to tell you that I am the biggest baby around
when it comes to pain, but this procedure was painless from beginning to end.
This particular dentist had a mirror placed so I could watch him work.
It was fascinating! I got so engrossed in what he was doing that I disassociated myself from being the patient. I remarked afterwards that I thought I could do the root canal myself. He said that was probably true because he learned how to do it on YouTube!
Now that the root canal is finished, he has sent me back to my regular dentist for a new cap on that tooth! "BOAT" (Bring Out Another Thousand)
I guess Ricky will have to go back to eating Costco kibble because that's all we can afford now.
Well, end of story, this root canal was not a big deal as far as discomfort. If you pick the right dentist, they are worth their weight in gold (in more ways than one). And now, when you see me, I will have a bright shiny grin!