Root canal treatment is a procedure for rescuing a severely infected or decayed tooth. Root canals are required when a tooth infection moves past just being a toothache and forms an abscess which spreads throughout the root of the tooth. Performed by a general dentist or endodontist, a root canal cleanses the inside of the tooth, and removes the pulp and nerve present inside the root canal, saving the natural tooth.
Due to myths and misconceptions about having one done, some people are worried by the idea of a root canal. In this blog post, we’re going to detail what having a root canal involves and tackle a common question about having one done:
Will It Be Painful to Have a Root Canal?
It’s popular to depict root canals as an extremely painful experience but this isn’t true. Advancements in anesthetics and technology in dental procedures have made root canal therapy almost pain- and hassle-free. Patients can expect shorter recovery times and less discomfort than they may have had in the past.
What to Expect With a Root Canal
A root canal treatment may not be as scary if you learn what it involves. Your dentist or endodontist will use local anesthesia to numb the area near your tooth to stop you from feeling any pain. Though there are some rare situations where the anesthetic might not be 100% effective due to problems such as abscesses, your dentist will typically prescribe their patients an antibiotic 7 to 10 days ahead of time in order to prevent this from happening.
After the procedure has been completed and all of the bacteria and infection are cleared out of the interior of the tooth, your endodontist or dentist with remove the nerve, place a soothing agent, and close the tooth with a filling. Any discomfort the patient might feel when the procedure is complete should clear up in the next twenty-four hours as whatever might be left of the infection is eliminated by the immune system. There may be slight tenderness in the area for a few days afterward.
What If It’s Painful?
It’s possible to experience pain or discomfort when the gum tissue is inflamed. Your endodontist or dentist may have eliminated the nerve of the tooth during the procedure, but the nerves in the surrounding areas are still present, and the swollen tissue can still cause some discomfort.
In any situation, keep in mind that it’s unusual to experience pain that continues for more than a couple of days. If you are experiencing pain like this, be sure to contact your dentist as soon as possible.
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