Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment – Is It Painful?

To save your tooth and avoid extraction, a root canal treatment may be necessary. Some patients of Aloha Dental would wonder whether or not this procedure causes any pain.

If you need to undergo this treatment, you don’t have to dread it because your dentist will apply a numbing medicine. There will still be slight pain and discomfort but it won’t be severe.

It’s also important to remember that discomfort may arise after the treatment. But don’t worry. It’s easy to relieve it using over the counter pain relievers.

Saving Your Teeth

The role of root canals is to save teeth from extraction. There are 24 million teeth saved each year.

This procedure is an ideal option when the dental pulp (the nerve) gets infected or damaged. A root canal treatment will remove the infected pulp.

There are several signs of infected pulp you may need to be aware of. These would include swelling, pain, and sensitivity, the pain may arise when you push on your tooth or bite down.

Not all patients are ideal candidates for this treatment; your dentist will evaluate your overall condition first. At Aloha Dental, our endodontists will ensure that your root canal treatment will be a success, so you don’t have to endure feeling pain on the affected tooth.

Unlike tooth extraction, you can save your tooth with a root canal. This will allow for you to keep your natural tooth for the remaining years of your life, as long as you avoid those things that can damage the treated tooth.

Rubber-like material will used to replace the infected pulp. After the procedure, you’ll need to undergo the placement of dental crown.

You can resume your regular oral habits, like chewing, brushing and flossing after everything is complete.

Does the procedure require medication or numbing drugs?

Most patients don’t feel any pain while undergoing this procedure. However, the initial process requires numbing the surrounding area so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.

Pain and sensitivity may arise a few days after the procedure; you can relieve it by taking over the counter pain relievers.

If the pain or discomfort doesn’t improve after a few days, you must go back to your dentist .Make sure to tell your dentist right away.

After any dental procedure is complete, make sure that you take proper care of your teeth and smile. Daily brushing and flossing are important. Furthermore, you need to see your dentist every six months or as often as recommended by your dentist.

Smoking and Root Canal Treatment

People who are regular smokers are more likely to undergo root canal treatment than those who don’t smoke. As you age, you may need to undergo this procedure at some point in your life. However, smoking will increase your risk.

That said; avoid smoking as much as possible. If you need help in ceasing from this habit, talk to your doctor. If you need to undergo a root canal treatment, you should schedule an appointment with our dentists Aloha Dental: