Don’t Trust the Rumors: Root Canals Are Not Painful

Posted on: January 30, 2018

Root CanalRoot canals are not painful. Anyone who has experienced the pain associated with major cavities knows how painful toothaches can be. There is nothing comparable to the discomfort associated with toothaches, not even root canals.

Despite all the negative associations with root canals, it is actually a virtually painless procedure. The closest thing to pain you will experience during a root canal is the shots of anesthesia you have to take which are no different from any other injections.

Who needs a root canal?

A root canal is necessary when you have an infection in the pulp of one of your teeth. Your tooth pulp is a collection of blood vessels that provide the surrounding tooth with the nutrients it needs. When your pulp is exposed because of a chipped, cracked, broken, or decayed tooth, it can easily become infected.

You might be dealing with an infection of your tooth pulp if you experience any of these symptoms.

  • Swelling of your gums around the affected tooth

  • Sensitive teeth

  • Pain in your tooth and gums

Are root canals expensive?

That comes down to your particular situation and your dentist. We all have unique medical and genetic histories, and all these affect what the treatment for your situation entails. What you should know is that a root canal is a lot less expensive than having a tooth removed and replaced with an implant.

In other words, a root canal is the cheapest way to deal with a pulp infection if you want to keep the integrity of your smile.

How painful is the procedure?

Now, here’s the question everyone wants answered. As we mentioned earlier, there is nothing painful about getting a root canal. If you want to experience what real pain feels like, leave an infection of your tooth pulp untreated.

You will spend many nights in agony while burning a hole in your wallet with the amount you spend on oral medications.

Root canals are a pain-removing procedure.

The process frees you from the pain associated with an infected tooth.

What the process entails

Your dentist will likely start your root canal by performing an X-ray on the infected tooth. That makes it easier for your dentist to pinpoint the infection and determine if it has spread to the surrounding bone tissue.

Your dentist will follow up by injecting the surrounding area with an anesthetic. A rubber dam is then placed around the infected tooth to keep it dry during the procedure.

Next, an access hole is drilled inside the tooth to remove the dead pulp and any bacteria inside your tooth. This is done with a collection of files used to scrape the inside of your root canal. Sodium hypochlorite is used frequently to flush out the debris from the tooth.

Once the teeth are cleaned, medication is applied inside the tooth. Some dentists decide to seal the tooth after applying some medication to deal with the infection while others like to wait a week or so.

Depending on the severity of the damage to your tooth and the location, your dentist might decide to protect the tooth with a crown.

That pretty much sums up the root canal procedure. As you can see, there is little pain or discomfort associated with it. Dealing with an infected tooth? Schedule an appointment with a dentist at Art of Smiles – Norman D. Knowles, D.M.D. and find out if a root canal is right for you.

Call us at (772) 778-0954 in our Vero Beach dental office.

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