Do Root Canals Really Hurt?
If you’ve never had a root canal or if you had one performed decades ago, you may believe people when they say, “I’d rather be doing anything right now except getting a root canal.” After all, if someone is saying that, they must know it’s true, right?
But it’s not true. Modern endodontic techniques, equipment, and medication has advanced a great deal over the past thirty years. You’re much more likely to hear someone say, “A root canal? I had one, and it was no big deal.” In fact, if the tooth that requires a root canal is painful to heat, cold, or pressure, you will be relieved the minute the anesthesia begins to work, because you’ll soon be feeling better.
Pain-Free Root Canals
A root canal may take a bit longer, from beginning to end, than filling a cavity. Surprisingly, the pain level is the same—which means almost no discomfort at all. That is because of several factors:
• Endodontic equipment. Digital X-rays can give your endodontist the clearest picture possible of your tooth, root, pulp, and jawbone. Electric hand pieces do the drill work with much less noise and vibration of old, air-driven drills. Surgical operating microscopes provide a much higher level of magnification and precision during a root canal procedure.
• Ease of the Procedure. When your endodontist tests your tooth, he or she will apply heat, cold, and then pressure to the tooth. If you experience pain, then the next step will be to x-ray the tooth if it hasn’t been done already. Using modern techniques and advanced equipment, your endodontist will be able to perform your root canal more quickly than even just five years ago—maybe an hour long.
Your endodontist will have to give you several injections of anesthesia before starting the procedure, but will first numb the area of your gums that will be getting the shot. After your root canal, your gums may be sore for a few days. You’ll most likely be able to take over-the-counter medications to reduce the discomfort, and you should eat soft food for a bit. Right after your root canal is completed, give your general dentist a call so that they can arrange for the restoration of your tooth, which is now unstable. Your dentist will supply you with a crown, and then you can eat normally again. Learn more about the advances in endodontic treatment.
Endodontists in Cranberry
Everyone wants a pain-free root canal. A Cranberry endodontist like Dr. Semashko has the expertise, the knowledge, and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure that your experience will be pleasant one. Give his office staff a call today.