When your dentist tells you that you need a root canal to save your tooth, you may be overwhelmed with dread and fear. You’ve heard that root canals are painful. Is this truly your only option? The truth is that you shouldn’t be worried about the procedure. With modern dental technology and anesthetics, you shouldn’t experience any pain. Usually, a root canal is no worse than getting a deep filling. Any discomfort after the procedure can usually be relieved by over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about what you can expect for your root canal.
What Is a Root Canal?
This is a common procedure that saves millions of infected teeth every year. During this treatment, your dentist will create an opening in the tooth to remove the infected pulp and nerve at the center. Afterward, they will clean, fill, and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. This prevents the infection from spreading to other areas in the mouth and causing more serious, painful issues. It is also necessary to save the tooth. Otherwise, an extraction would likely have to take place. After root canal therapy, your dentist will likely opt to place a crown to protect your tooth from further damage.
How Painful Is Root Canal Therapy?
Needing a root canal is much more painful than the procedure itself. In fact, root canals will actually relieve the pain that you’re feeling as a result of your infected or abscessed tooth. During the actual procedure, you should feel little to no discomfort because your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. It is possible to experience some mild discomfort for a few days following your treatment, but by using over-the-counter pain relievers, you can manage this sensitivity.
What Are the Signs That I Need a Root Canal?
Root canals are very common, and there are a variety of signs that could indicate that you may need one. Here are some symptoms of infected and abscessed teeth:
- Lingering tooth sensitivity that is often related to hot or cold foods and beverages
- Sharp pain when chewing or biting
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Pimple-like bump on the gums
- Deep tooth decay
- Darkened gums
- Swollen or painful gums
You don’t need to dread your root canal procedure. With modern dental technology, you will have your smile restored in no time with minimal discomfort!
About the Author
After graduating from Narayana Dental College in India, Dr. Praveena Muddana earned her dental doctorate from the NYU College of Dentistry. Currently, she is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Association, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. For more information on root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment at her office in Grafton, visit her website or call (262) 333-0540.