Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

Root canal

It is not uncommon for patients to feel anxious about upcoming root canal treatments. However, with the incredible advances in dental technology, endodontic techniques, and dental anesthesia, today’s root canals are virtually painless. In fact, the procedure is commonly used to relieve dental and facial pain, so our patients leave our office feeling better than when they walked in. Read on to learn all about root canal therapy and how it can restore your beautiful, functional smile.

Why Would You Need Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal is an endodontic treatment required to save a natural tooth when the pulp in its center is inflamed or infected. Tooth pulp damage can result from extensive tooth decay, chips or cracks in a tooth, trauma, or repeated dental procedures.

Infected or inflamed tooth pulp will not heal on its own. If not treated, the infection can progress, leading to complications, including a tooth abscess, bone loss around the tooth roots, and facial swelling. The infection can also enter the bloodstream and wreak havoc on your overall health.

The only alternative to root canal therapy is tooth extraction. However, you’ll likely need a dental implant or bridge to maintain the space left by the missing tooth. Otherwise, the surrounding teeth may shift toward the gap, causing serious oral health complications.

How Painful Is the Root Canal Procedure?

Infected or inflamed pulp tissue can cause severe pain, which endodontic therapy alleviates. A root canal treatment is comparable to getting a cavity filled for most patients. At times, you may feel pressure and movement, but you shouldn’t feel pain.

Before starting your treatment, we will numb the affected tooth and surrounding tissue. We also offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation, if required, for your comfort. We will make a tiny opening in your tooth to access and remove the damaged pulp tissue and clean, shape, and disinfect the space. We’ll fill the root canals with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha to seal the tooth and prevent reinfection.

After your root canal, we will place a dental crown on the treated tooth to protect it and prevent further damage. Your restoration will look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Root canal therapy is highly predictable, with a 95 percent success rate. With good oral hygiene, a root canal-treated tooth can last a lifetime!

Will You Experience Pain After a Root Canal Procedure?

As the local anesthetic starts wearing off, you may feel some sensitivity, tenderness, or mild pain for a few days. However, the discomfort usually pales in comparison to the intense pain often caused by tooth pulp damage. In most cases, the discomfort is minor and can be alleviated using over-the-counter pain medication.

Any sensitivity or discomfort should subside a few days after your root canal treatment. If you continue to experience pain or if it increases in its intensity, contact our office to schedule a follow-up evaluation. 

Gentle Root Canal Treatments Near Me

Contact Genuine Smiles in Trophy Club, TX, to learn more about our gentle and virtually painless root canal treatments. Dr. Wenner and his team are committed to providing cutting-edge, comfortable treatments for long-term healthy smiles. We invite you to call our office at (817) 532-5153 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!