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Will It Be Painful to Have Root Canal Therapy?

Jan 28 2020

Root canals are a rescue treatment for a severely infected or decayed tooth. Root canal treatment is required when the infection moves beyond being a toothache and creates an abscess which expands throughout the root of the tooth. This procedure, done by an endodontist or a general dentist, eliminates infection from the inside of the tooth, removes the pulp and nerve found inside the root canal, and saves the tooth.

Many people are scared by the idea of getting a root canal. This is frequently because of myths and misconceptions about having one done. In this article, we're going to give an overview of what having root canal therapy involves and provide an answer for a typical question about the procedure:

Is Having a Root Canal Painful?

You'll often hear root canals being talked about as being an extremely painful experience, but this isn't the case. Advancements in technology and anesthetics in dentistry have made them pretty much hassle- and pain-free. Now patients can look forward to less discomfort and shorter recovery times than they may have had in the past.

What to Expect With a Root Canal

A root canal may not be as scary if you learn what it involves before you get one. Your dentist or endodontist will numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia, so you will not have any pain. While there can be some rare instances when the anesthetic might not be 100% effective because of problems such as abscesses, the dentist will likely prescribe antibiotics 7 to 10 days ahead of time in order to avoid them.

When the root canal has been finished and the infected tissue and bacteria are eliminated from the tooth, the endodontist or dentist will remove the tooth's nerve, a soothing agent will be added, and it will be closed up with a filling. If there is any pain or discomfort after the procedure, it should clear up in the next 24 hours as whatever remains of the infection is taken care of by the immune system. The area might still have slight tenderness for a few days following the procedure.

What If It's Painful?

Whenever the gum tissue is inflamed, you may have pain or discomfort. While the endodontist or dentist may have removed the nerve of the tooth during the procedure, the nerves in the surrounding tissues are still there, and the swollen tissue can still cause discomfort.

No matter the case, remember that it's not typical to experience over a couple of days of pain. If this sounds like your situation, be sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Have a tooth or pain that has you concerned? Schedule your next visit to have it examined by Dr. Sato.

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