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May 11, 2022

Do Root Canal Procedures Hurt?

Filed under: Uncategorized — nlcdentistry @ 5:43 pm
Illustration of root canal treatment

You probably want to ask some questions if it’s your first time getting root canal therapy.  After all, it’s important to know about costs, logistics, benefits, etc. However, you’d also want to assuage your fear about the procedure. That being the case, your biggest question is likely, “Are root canals painful?”

Altamonte Springs’ dentists answer with a resounding “No!” Read this summary on the root canal process to find out why!

Root Canal Therapy Doesn’t Hurt – Here’s Why

Root canal treatments won’t cause you any pain. An anesthetic will numb the affected area so you don’t feel anything, making the operation relatively painless. At most, you might experience slight discomfort similar to getting a filling for a cavity.

On the contrary, root canal therapy counters and relieves discomfort!  For one thing, it prevents your tooth’s pulp — or innermost layers — from suffering a painful infection. It also keeps you from undergoing a tooth extraction, which can have greater negative consequences. Furthermore, treatment is often recommended because it will eliminate the pre-existing toothache.

What to Expect Afterward

Granted, the area around the affected tooth could feel a bit sore once therapy is finished. That’s perfectly normal — soreness is a typical symptom, as is a sore jaw from keeping your mouth open for a while.

In rarer cases, there can be post-root-canal complications. Besides pain, symptoms may include fever, swelling, an uneven bite, or feelings of unwellness. Visit your dentist to rule out possible infection, tooth cracks, or fractures that could delay healing.

Managing Post-Treatment Soreness

You can reduce post-treatment aches should you experience them. To do so, practice the following tips:

  • Maintain good oral hygiene: Remember to brush and rinse twice daily and to floss once daily. Try doing so thirty minutes after your meals.
  • No chewing: Too much pressure on the treated tooth will aggravate its exposed nerves, so don’t chew on the treated tooth until its crown is placed.
  • Use a different toothbrush: With dentist permission, brush your teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush for a few days.
  • Wait for the anesthetic to wear off: Don’t eat until the numbing effect of your therapy’s anesthetic is gone. You might bite your inner cheek otherwise.

Contact your dentist if you feel severe pain long after your root canal. They’ll be able to examine you, diagnose the cause, and prescribe a treatment.

As you can see, fear of root canals is often unreasonable. Visit your local dentist to see if you can enjoy its pain-free benefits!

About the Practice

Distinctive Dentistry on Maitland is based in Altamonte Springs, FL. Currently led by Drs. Lane, Curley, Zak, and McCauley, the practice has performed excellent dentistry for over 45 years. They serve all ages and backgrounds with comprehensive preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Their office can also perform advanced procedures like root canal therapy and dental implants. For more information or to book an appointment, they can be reached at their website or by phone at (407)-830-9800.

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