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Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?

closeup young woman with toothache Tooth and generalised mouth pain are awful to experience. The throbbing can be impossible to work through, let alone getting a good night’s sleep, and it can seem like there’s no end in sight. Whether an untreated cavity has caused your discomfort, or you have a cracked tooth, an old, worn-out restoration, or pain from swelling in the gums—you just need it taken care of, the sooner the better.

The team at Willsmere Dental is dedicated to improving your oral health and making sure your smile is pain- and problem-free. Often, one of the best solutions to your discomfort is a root canal. Though television and social media would have you believe that a root canal is painful, with our skilled dentists and the most advanced technology, it’s not something to dread.

You’ve likely experienced the most pain before the root canal, and the worst part will be over once your tooth is cleaned out.

Our Pain Management Plan

During the root canal procedure, a local anaesthetic is used to numb the tooth and area impacted by the cleaning. We always want to be sure the patient is comfortable, and you will only feel pressure while the root canal is occurring.

After the appointment, the team will recommend certain pain management techniques that the patient can administer at home. Various over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and analgesics will be recommended. If the team thinks your infection was severe enough to warrant additional medication, you may have a prescription written for it.

Once the treatment is over, you will leave the office numbed up and gradually begin to get feeling back into the mouth and tooth area. You may be sore, but the throbbing and sharp pain you experienced before the root canal should be dissipated, if not removed altogether.

After Care and Lifetime Management

You won’t need to worry about putting your life on hold after having a root canal. You can manage any discomfort (which is typically minimal) by taking over-the-counter medications. You can return immediately to your usual activities, though our team will let you know if your particular case needs any special recommendations afterward.

If you’ve been putting off your root canal because of fear of pain, this is your sign to call us today. We will ensure your appointment is pain-free.
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* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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