True or false? Root canal therapy is one of the most painful experiences a dental patient may have to endure. Believe it or not, the answer is false! Studies of pain experienced by dental patients during their root canal procedure show that over half of them experiences no pain.
Of the remaining subjects in the study, 34% felt only slight pain. There was less than 15% of people in the study that felt any significant pain. The best part: there were no cases that involved unbearable discomfort.
In fact, the cases in which patients experienced intense pain reported that their teeth were inflamed and extremely painful before the procedure, proving that it’s the pain of your tooth decay and infection making the procedure any bit of uncomfortable.
Therefore, it’s extremely important to visit your dentist in regularly. If there are any signs of infection, our dentists will be able to inform you and set you on the course for treatment and recovery before tooth pain becomes inevitable. Learn more about root canals here!
When is a root canal necessary?
Not giving your teeth enough care at home or attention can leave your teeth susceptible to infection from built up decay. If your tooth has suffered trauma leaving the inside of it exposed, your teeth are also vulnerable and weak. There are telltale signs of tooth infections, and unfortunately, these signs will cause dental pain. Here are some examples:
- An abscess or hole in your teeth or jawbone (usually spotted during a dental x-ray).
- A bump on the gums that may resemble a small pimple (fistula).
- Dental pain that occurs when you lay down or stand up (formally known as positional pain).
- Pain that occurs in neighboring areas of the body like the head, neck, and ears (formally known as referred pain).
- Dental pain that occurs when you have a hot or cold food or drink (formally known as a spontaneous pain).
What is the process of getting a root canal?
If your dentist recommends that you need restorative dentistry like a root canal, you might be concerned about the procedure. We’re here to help ease your nerves with this quick explanation.
During your procedure, your dentist will:
- Access the inside of the tooth with tiny files that can gently reach the intricate crevices of the inside of your tooth.
- Remove the infected tooth root from your tooth.
- Clean out all signs of infection and dental debris.
- Fill the inside of your tooth with a rubber-like dental material (gutta percha).
- Permanently seal your tooth and cap it with a dental crown to protect and re-stabilize it.
Naturally, after any procedure, your teeth will feel sensitive, but your dentist will be able to help relieve any discomfort with prescribed pain relievers. Feel free to speak to your dentist about root canals in more detail.
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The Art of Dentistry is here to relieve your tooth pain, not create it. We can improve your smile’s stability, functionality, and reduced sensitivity all with this simple root canal procedure. Learn more about how helpful restorative care can help you now! Feel free to contact our office today.