Is A Root Canal Painful?Munil Koppanati
For many patients, root canal treatment is no more painful than a filling, thanks to local anesthesia and modern endodontic techniques.
So do root canals hurt? No, root canals are usually painless because dentists nowadays use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and surrounding areas prior to the procedure. Therefore, you should not feel any pain during the procedure. However, it is normal to have slight pain and discomfort for a few days after the root canal treatment.
The term “root canal” refers to the natural internal cavity of the tooth. To perform a root canal, your dentist or endodontist will take an x-ray to determine if a root canal can be performed. Once the tooth is isolated, it will be drilled from above to access the internal pulp. This pulp contains the bacteria and sensitized nerves of the infected tooth, which are removed by the dentist along with the corresponding debris.
Dentists and endodontists use special scrapers to clean the root canal. Because the procedure is performed under local anesthesia, root canal is not painful. However, you will feel slight pressure on your teeth during the procedure. Even if your dentist does not use anesthesia, you should not feel any pain during the root canal treatment.
But to be on the safe side, dentists use a local anesthetic to avoid even the slightest possibility of pain. Therefore, if you feel pain during the procedure, you should point it out so your dentist can take steps to stop the pain. Over-the-counter analgesics should be sufficient to relieve the pain until it subsides on its own. However, if the pain persists for more than two weeks after the procedure, you should see your dentist.