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Is A Root Canal Painful?

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Root canals often get a bad reputation because many people think they are painful. The truth is that root canals save you from pain and heals the cause of the toothache. The procedure itself isn’t as hurtful as you think because of sedation dentistry.

The Procedure

Root canal therapy is a dental procedure that cleans out a bacterial infection inside your tooth. Deep cavities often cause infection. Root canals also help fix bad fillings or injuries to the tooth.

Most root canals can be completed in one visit. A small hole is made in your tooth to access the tooth pulp. The infected tissue will then be removed.

After that is completed, the inside of the tooth will be filled with a biocompatible rubber compound called gutta-percha. This will prevent further infections from happening. The final touch is inserting a dental crown, onlay, or inlay over the natural tooth.

What to Expect After a Root Canal

The root canal therapy itself is not painful because an anesthetic is used. Once it wears off, you may experience soreness or slight facial pain. The discomfort can easily be treated with over-the-counter medications.

You’ll also need to take care of your teeth by eating soft foods like purees or soups, avoiding using straws and tobacco products, and staying hydrated. You’ll need some time to rest after a root canal to ensure a full recovery. Any discomfort should disappear after one or two days.

If the discomfort doesn’t disappear or worsens, you should call the dentist. This may be a sign that an infection has occurred, and it needs treatment as soon as possible.

When to Get a Root Canal

Root canal infection symptoms include:

  • Intense sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Pain when eating or biting
  • Tooth darkening
  • Gum swelling

Root Canal Therapy at Edgewater Dental Arts

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please don’t wait to call us. A root canal isn’t as painful as letting the infection continue. Call us today to schedule a consultation with our team. We can talk you through the procedure and let you know what to expect.

Written by

John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.