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Why is it that every time that I have a root canal or a tooth extracted I wind up having over 13 shots of novocaine every 20 minutes or more. I still feel the pain. Why is that happening? I have to have an emergency extraction of tooth #5 on monday 3/10/2014 , they said that I broke the molar to the bone
and they are giving me local anesthetic only. What should I do??? Please help!

Hi Stacy,

I roamed around the internet a little and just put the search word "Novocaine" into Google.  Apparently Doctors stop using Novocaine on their patients about 30 years ago.  But the word "Novocaine" is still widely used as a generic term to mean pain relief or numbing of the gums for dental procedures.  Your dentist is probably using something else.

I did not find any reliable information on what constitutes the usage of too much "Novocaine."  But 13 shots every 20 minutes or more???  That sounds like a lot.  Perhaps that large amount is being used to mask a troubled attempt at extracting a tooth.  Just like with any medication, it is not necessarily, the more, the merrier.

When I respond to patients on, how come the second opinion, or try another dentist never occurs to anybody?

You probably already had the emergency extraction of your tooth.  Going forward, you can go for a second opinion or have another dentist to do the work.

Hope your root canal went ok.

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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.


About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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