Do root canals hurt?

scared-womanA root canal is when dental treatment is given to repair and save a tooth that is infected or decayed. During a root canal procedure, the pulp and nerve are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. If no treatment is given to save the tooth, the tissue around the tooth will become infected and an abscess may form.

It is important to note that a tooth’s nerve is not important to the well-being of a tooth. The only function that a tooth’s nerve has is to give the sensation of cold or hot. Keep in mind that when a tooth’s nerve pulp or tissue is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to grow inside the pulp chamber. This can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth.

Why would you need a root canal?

There are several things that can damage a tooth’s nerve and pulp such as decay, a large filling, a crack or chip in the tooth, trauma to the face and repeated dental procedures performed on a tooth. It is important to note that for most people, a root canal is no more painful that having a filling put in.

For those who are anxious about having a root canal, taking a sedative often eases the anxiety. In most cases, a dentist will numb a tooth that is undergoing a root canal. By numbing your tooth, you and the dentist will be more relaxed and that will make the procedure go smoother an easier.

Don’t delay treatment

Keep in mind, once you find out that a root canal is needed; make an appointment to have it taken care as soon as possible because if you put it off too long, you may experience an abscessed tooth. In addition, it is also possible that after a root canal appointment and after your numbness has worn off; you may experience some minor pain. This is often temporary and lasts a short time after the procedure. Most importantly, there are many reasons why a person should have a root canal done such as initiating the healing process and preventing a tooth flare up.

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A root canal is no more painful than getting a filling and it can help to save your tooth. Keeping your natural teeth is always the best option, as long as the infection can be effectively dealt with. So, to answer the question, “do root canals hurt?” The answer is very little.

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