Q. Why did I have a traumatic and painful experience during my RCT treatment?

Answered by
Dr. Bharat Joshi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Lochana
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 06, 2020 and last reviewed on: May 12, 2021

Hi doctor,

I had a root canal and it was a traumatizing experience. My endodontist tried for an hour to give numbness to my tooth. He gave a maximum amount of Novocain and told me that no more can be given after this level. He told me that my pain gets manifested by being tensed and you need to go through it for having a treatment. After some time, he proceeded further to finish the procedure. I had pain with tears rolling down my cheeks. It hurt me a lot and I was digging my nails into my arms to distract myself from the pain of my tooth. Now I have huge swollen scratches on my arms. I had pain while doing a root canal. Is this normal to have it? Is it impossible to numb that area? Is it normal to have a huge amount of pain while having root canal treatment? He gave me 20 units of Novocain and told me that no more can be given above this level. He told me that the final result turned out beautifully. But I feel upset and traumatized from this experience due to pain. I am anxious.



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I agree that RCT (root canal treatment) is definitely a painless procedure. In your case, anesthesia was not effective and your endodontist should have postponed your appointment by giving you medications. The techniques of anesthesia range from intraligamentary, interseptal and complete nerve block. I suggest you have these techniques in mind and then go for any invasive procedure.

The Probable causes:

You have a lack of anesthesia or infection at the site.

Investigations to be done:

Follow the investigations done already.

Differential diagnosis:

You have traumatic RCT (root canal treatment).

Probable diagnosis:

You have traumatic RCT (root canal treatment).

Treatment plan:

Wait for few days and take some precautions.

Preventive measures:

Avoid eating on that site and take medications.

Regarding follow up:

Forgive it and take some treatment soon.

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