Root canals are one of the most famous types of dental treatments, highlighted in popular culture as painful experiences to be avoided at all costs. However, in reality, root canals are typically not nearly as dreadful as most people assume. Patients typically experience a great deal of pressure during the procedure, but thanks to the modern marvels of local anesthesia, the procedure itself doesn’t have to be incredibly painful.
During a root canal procedure, we are aiming to treat the pulp of a tooth that is dead or infected. The pulp is made of tissue, blood vessels, and nerves, and plays an important role in the health of our teeth. The pulp chamber continues down past the roots in your teeth into the surrounding bone. By treating or removing this tissue, we alleviate the potential for infection and the spread of bacteria.
Once the anesthesia wears off, patients can experience some pain. This is due to the fact that, as a result of the procedure, the tissue around the gums can remain swollen and painful. The good news is that in the vast majority of cases, the pain goes away in a few days. However, if this doesn’t happen, it’s essential to call a dentist to take a closer look.
If you have any questions about root canal treatments or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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