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An_246233 posted:
I had a root canal on my upper left molar the one before the last tooth. this was done on Friday june 28th 2012. Well, first of all he had me in there for three hours. He started the procedure, then stopped to go to another client. Then came back started some more then left me sitting there with pins in my mouth while he went to go and see another patient. I went there at 11am and left and 3:30pm. So the pain started when I got home, I can't chew at all on that side sharp jolting pain and now I'm up late with pain surround the gumline, my lower jaw and my palate throbbing and shooting pain. Then it'll subside for a little while with orajel and extra strength tylenol as I don't like pain killers they are addictive. At this point in time I will take it and my dentist said see him on Monday. I don't like him, he makes me feel confused and scared. I tell him ow and he keeps going. He gave me four shots of non epi novacaine I have anxiety issues so epi makes me panic.It is 3am no sleep for me, I bet his secretary is up and happy they could care less about me.

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Zev Kaufman, DDS responded:
Dear An 246233:

I understand your frustration and I hear your pain. However, this is not a poll question. ONLY YOU can decide if you want to go back to this dentist. It is not uncommon for teeth to hurt following root canal treatment, even when it is performed by the top experts. There are many reasons to the pain and you should be able to call your dentist if you have any concerns.

However, what concerns me is the quality of care you are receiving. Root canal treatment is a complicated procedure, especially on a molar tooth which has multiple canals to clean and seal. Most endodontists whom I know will schedule a 45 minute to 90 minute uninterrupted appointment for the procedure. If you are going to a dentist who has to repeatedly stop and see other people during the procedure, consider going to an Endodontist (the expert in root canal therapy) - www.aae.org will provide you with a list of specialists in your area.

Do not forget that following the root canal treatment you will require a core build up and a crown as soon as possible, otherwise the root canal treatment will get re-infected. I cannot speculate on the ability of your current dentist, however, TRUST is the most important element in the dentist/patient relationship. If you do not like this dentist, there are over 150,000 dentists in the US. Find one whom you like and trust.

Best of luck,
Dr. Zev Kaufman