Is Root Canal Treatment Really Painful?
Root canal treatments have certainly been demonized as one of the most painful treatments in dentistry. Yet, this reputation has not necessarily been earned. Tooth pain often indicates the need for root canal treatment. Abscessed teeth, infections and severe decay can all necessitate a root canal treatment and may be characterized by severe or throbbing pain. In this case, a root canal will not cause pain, but it will actually relieve it.
We take your Root canal pain seriously and will take the necessary steps to alleviate it as soon as possible. We use local anesthetics while we treat the tooth that allows us to keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. We will not begin the process until the treatment area is entirely numb. Dental sedation may also be an option if you are feeling especially nervous or anxious about your treatment. Sedation can help you feel deeply relaxed and calm.
After your root canal treatment, your pain should subside considerably since the infected material has been removed. However, it is normal to experience some tenderness as the inflammation subsides. Over-the-counter pain medications can help alleviate this discomfort, though. Brush and floss gently around the tooth until the tooth and area is done healing. You may also need to chew on the opposite side until the tenderness is gone.
Good dental hygiene habits can reduce the need for root canal treatments. With regular brushing and flossing after meals, eating a balanced diet and wearing a mouthguard during contact sports or if you grind your teeth, can all help prevent needing a root canal. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our team.
Back to Blog