Root canals are a procedure for rescuing teeth that are decayed or severely infected. This procedure is needed when a tooth infection, which started as a toothache in the beginning, forms an abscess and expands throughout the tooth’s root. Root canal therapy, done by an endodontist or a dentist, eliminates the infection from the insides of the tooth and removes the pulp and nerve found inside its root canal, saving the natural tooth.
Some people are worried by the idea of getting a root canal. This is usually caused by misconceptions and myths. In this blog post, we’re going to explain what having a root canal involves and tackle one of the most asked questions about having one done:
Will My Root Canal Be Painful?
It’s popular portray root canals as an extremely painful experience, but this isn’t the case. Advancements in anesthetics and technology in dentistry have made root canal therapy nearly hassle-free and pain-free. Patients can expect less discomfort and shorter recovery times than in the past.
What to Expect With a Root Canal
Root canal therapy will not be intimidating if you know what to expect before you have one. The dentist or endodontist will numb the tooth with local anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain. While there are some rare instances when anesthetic might not be 100% effective because of problems like abscesses, the dentist will ordinarily prescribe antibiotics ahead of time in order to prevent them from happening.
When the procedure has been finished and all bacteria and infected tissue are cleared out of the inside of the tooth, your endodontist or dentist with remove the nerve, a soothing agent will be applied, and it will be closed up with a filling. Whatever discomfort the patient could feel after the procedure should clear up in the next twenty-four hours as the immune system takes care of whatever might be left of the infection. There could be a little tenderness in the area for a few days afterward.
What If It’s Painful?
When the gum tissue is inflamed, you can have some discomfort or pain. Your dentist or endodontist may have removed the nerve of the tooth during the procedure, but the nerves in the surrounding tissues are still present, and the swollen tissue can still cause discomfort.
Whatever the situation, keep in mind that it’s unusual to experience over a few days of severe pain. If you are experiencing such pain, you should arrange an appointment with your endodontist or general dentist as soon as you can.
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