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    Just wanted some input. I have an excruciatingly painful tooth, already has a filling in it (for a while I think) but has developed what I think is called a "hot" pulpitis - so I need a root canal. the same thing has happened to me before.

    Just I'm between home and uni and I know the logistics of a RCT are tricky... any experiences of what will happen from here? Will they put a root canal in or will they at least be able to stop the pain somehow? I don't even know when the next emergency appointment is available at this point
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    They should certainly be able to do the majority of a root canal and put a temporary filling in, which will get rid of the pain. It can then be finished off later (if you haven't had the emergency appointment with your usual dentist, this will probably mean having to get your usual dentist to finish treatment, or if you don't currently have a dentist, finding one)

    I had a root canal done at an emergency dental clinic last year with no problems-they took the nerve out and put a filling in and I just had to find somewhere (as I didn't have a regular dentist) to get it finished off, although this wasn't urgent (the dentist I saw said within a few weeks or months was fine, just not to leave it like a year).

    Try your usual dentist for emergency appointments first of all. If you don't have a regular dentist, you can call your PCT and ask for the dental access helpline, or call NHS direct. They'll both be able to refer you to where you can get an emergency appointment.

    Hope you get it sorted out and feel better.

    In the mean time, you can take two paracetamol and two ibuprofen every four hours, and a hot water bottle or similar can really help too. If painkillers aren't helping and it's possible-easy for bottom row teeth-try to locate the nerve involved around your jaw; putting firm pressure on that for several minutes will really help block the pain-for example for a bottom tooth press two fingers firmly under your jaw near to to the tooth (usually you can tell if you've got the right spot because the throbbing pain will lessen).
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    (Original post by heidigirl)
    They should certainly be able to do the majority of a root canal and put a temporary filling in, which will get rid of the pain. It can then be finished off later (if you haven't had the emergency appointment with your usual dentist, this will probably mean having to get your usual dentist to finish treatment, or if you don't currently have a dentist, finding one)

    I had a root canal done at an emergency dental clinic last year with no problems-they took the nerve out and put a filling in and I just had to find somewhere (as I didn't have a regular dentist) to get it finished off, although this wasn't urgent (the dentist I saw said within a few weeks or months was fine, just not to leave it like a year).

    Try your usual dentist for emergency appointments first of all. If you don't have a regular dentist, you can call your PCT and ask for the dental access helpline, or call NHS direct. They'll both be able to refer you to where you can get an emergency appointment.

    Hope you get it sorted out and feel better.

    In the mean time, you can take two paracetamol and two ibuprofen every four hours, and a hot water bottle or similar can really help too. If painkillers aren't helping and it's possible-easy for bottom row teeth-try to locate the nerve involved around your jaw; putting firm pressure on that for several minutes will really help block the pain-for example for a bottom tooth press two fingers firmly under your jaw near to to the tooth (usually you can tell if you've got the right spot because the throbbing pain will lessen).
    Thank you, I need to try them again at 9am tomorrow. I am just relieved to hear even if they can't finish the procedure, they will be able to take away the pain? (If I can get an appt, emergency dental is only 9-1pm to make the appt!!)

    I can't take ibuprofen as it gives me horrible stomach ache so I am really suffering at the moment!
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    I think you should contact to dentist who is near to you.
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    I know how it feels, I had to suffer the pain for about a week until I've decided enough is enough and I need to see the dentist urgently. So, did you sort everything out? Did they relieved your pain? If you still haven't got the appointment and in pain, ask your pharmacist for some stronger painkillers.
 
 
 
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