Root canals have a bit of an unfair reputation. While it’s true that they were painful experiences in the past, the modern dental technology involved in root canal therapy has evolved to the point where most patients only experience mild pain for a few days after the procedure. In fact, root canals should ease the pain from a damaged or infected tooth!
What Is a Root Canal?
When the soft tissue, or pulp, inside your tooth becomes infected, Dr. Clauser often recommends root canal therapy. Each year, millions of teeth are saved through root canal therapy. In fact, this quick and efficient procedure is like a routine filling and allows us to save damaged natural teeth and avoid extraction. During the procedure, we remove the infected or inflamed pulp, gently and thoroughly clean the inside of the root canal, and then fill and seal it. Later, we will place a crown on the tooth to help protect it from future damage.
Will I Feel Pain During My Root Canal?
During the root canal procedure, our team will anesthetize the area to ensure you’re as comfortable as possible. After the procedure itself, most of our patients do not need anything stronger than over-the-counter medications. It is unusual that any pain lasts more than a few days, and if it does, you should call us immediately!
As you can see, modern root canal therapy is much more comfortable than the root canal procedures of the past! If our team at McKinley Crossing Dental recommends root canal therapy to you, there’s no need to stress: we will make sure you’re as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure and monitor you throughout your recovery.
To ask our team any other questions about root canal pain or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!