One of the most common questions we are asked is, “Are root canals painful?” Yonge Newmarket dentists perform root canals on a regular basis, meaning they are able to minimize the pain of the experience and usually save the tooth.
Before the Procedure
The most painful time is actually before your root canal. Patients usually need root canal treatment because of an infection in the tooth that is causing extreme discomfort.
Sometimes, a root canal is necessary even when the infection is causing no pain. Damaged or infected pulp in the tooth needs to be removed to stop an infection spreading and to reduce the risk that you lose your tooth. Often, the lack of pain is due to a fistula — a sort of pimple that continuously drains the pus from the infection. In these cases, you experience no pain because the fistula prevents pressure from building up.
During the Procedure
The first thing we do in a root canal treatment is provide you with a local anesthetic. This numbs the tooth and surrounding area, meaning you feel nothing throughout the procedure. In addition, removing the infection from your tooth, this will relief you of the pain you previously felt.
After the Procedure
After treatment, the gums around the tooth may be inflamed. If this is the case, you can take an analgesic. However, discomfort tends to be minor. As root canal treatment removes the nerve tissue from your tooth, you will no longer experience sensitivity to hot and cold.
Your root canal treatment is not complete after your first visit; you will need a subsequent appointment to receive your permanent filling or crown. This will prevent the infection from returning and protect you from any further pain.