Root Canal Therapy
Often one of the first questions someone asks when they need a root canal is if they’re going to be in any pain. It’s a valid question since no dental treatment should ever be painful. You don’t need to worry. A root canal should NOT cause pain. If anything, they’re the solution to the pain you’re probably already experiencing due to a bad tooth infection. Let’s dive into the details.
The Point of the Procedure
Root canal therapy is recommended whenever someone has a tooth with a severe infection that has gone down into the pulp, which is the soft tissue inside your tooth. That infection is actually what can cause someone pain. It may even be the first symptom that sends someone to the dentist to see what’s wrong. The point of a root canal is to go in and remove that infected pulp so the infection doesn’t spread and cause more discomfort. Many people don’t realize how similar the procedures are between getting a root canal and getting a routine dental filling!
Another reason root canals shouldn’t hurt? Advancements in modern dentistry! Maybe way back in dentistry’s earliest days root canals were something to fear, but that is absolutely not the case now. Local anesthesia to numb the treatment area, sedation options during the procedure, an emphasis on gentle care, and pain medication all come together to ensure that you’re kept pain-free. During the procedure, you may feel a little bit of pressure as your dentist works, and in the next couple of days after your procedure, you might feel some tenderness as the area heals. But none of this should be severe pain, and the benefits far outweigh the alternatives.
Healthy Smiles at Scenic Bluffs Dental
Dr. J is experienced at providing root canal therapy to help patients enjoy healthy, pain-free smiles. If you’re still feeling hesitant about the procedure, please contact our Prescott, WI dental office and we’d be happy to answer any other questions you might have.