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Root Canals: Does It Really Hurt? 

Root Canals Pain

You have been advised to get a root canal in order to save your tooth and get rid of an infection, and now you are wondering whether or not the procedure would be uncomfortable for you. Root canals used to have a terrible reputation for being painful. Your anxiety regarding the procedure is very normal. Our root canal procedure in Orem is quick, painless, and simple.

What Exactly Is a Root Canal?

The goal of endodontic treatment (also known as a root canal) is to preserve the tooth by removing the infected pulp and preventing reinfection. Having this procedure done will help you keep your tooth structure, ease discomfort, and restore your dental health.

When Is a Root Canal Procedure Necessary?

A root canal is necessary if you have a severely damaged tooth, such as one that has been chipped or fractured, or if you have extensive decay from a cavity that has not been filled. The following is a list of symptoms that you can encounter if you have a problem that requires root canal therapy:

  • Sensitivity of the teeth (particularly to cold and hot sensations)
  • Bad pain when trying to bite or chew
  • Small, red bumps or pimples on the gums.
  • Gum discoloration and advanced decay
  • Gums that are sore or swollen
  • Teeth that are broken or chipped
  • Having a tooth abscess

Important: Root canal needs to be done as soon as possible. This is due to the fact that oral infections can spread to other parts of the body.

When a Root Canal Is Performed, How Long Does It Take?

The root canal procedure typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, but in more complicated situations, it may take as long as 90 minutes or more. Two separate appointments are usually necessary to finish the process.

What Steps Are Involved in Completing a Root Canal?

Your dentist or endodontist will take x-rays of your teeth before conducting a root canal to check for infection and to see if any additional teeth are at risk. A local anesthetic will then be injected into your gums after your dentist has numbed the gum tissue around the damaged tooth.

In order to get to the infected pulp, your dentist will numb the tooth and make a tiny hole in the crown. The dentist will extract the pulp from your tooth, which contains blood vessels, nerves that have been sensitized, and germs, before meticulously cleaning the canals. The antibiotic gel your dentist applies will kill any bacteria present and keep the region from becoming infected again.

After the canals have been cleaned and disinfected, your dentist will fill and seal the tooth to complete the process. They may also recommend taking oral antibiotics and nonprescription pain relievers after a root canal procedure.

Is There Any Pain?

With local anesthetic, you won’t feel a thing when your dentist performs the root canal procedure. Root canal procedures cause discomfort because of the tooth’s condition before treatment. Getting rid of the infection is the only way to stop hurting. The belief that root canal therapy is incredibly painful is incorrect.

You shouldn’t feel any discomfort throughout your root canal procedure, even if the anesthetic isn’t utilized. Canyon Gate Dental uses anesthetic’’ to numb the tooth before any procedure, just to be safe. During the process, you could feel some little pressure on the tooth, but that’s about it.

You may feel discomfort and pain for a few days following the treatment. Medications can help you cope with the discomfort you’re feeling, which is natural but should reduce after a while. Remember that you should see a dentist if the problem persists for more than a week. 

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