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Root Canal’s Pain

Are Root Canals Painful?

If you ask most people, any procedure done at a dentist’s is painful. While this is a sometimes fair answer, it has over time hindered people from knowing the real truth about what goes on at a dentist’s office. For instance, many associate a root canals Barrie with intense unbearable pain, when this is in fact not necessarily true.

Signs of an Infected Tooth Pulp

A root canal procedure is performed when there is a need to save a tooth whose pulp has gotten infected over time. Signs of an infected tooth pulp are very evident and include swelling, sensitivity and pain when you bite or apply any pressure on your tooth. It is a fact that the signs of infection tend to be more painful than a root canal, especially considering that the dentist uses local anesthesia for the surgery. While there is some slight discomfort and sometimes pain after the anesthesia wears off, it is nothing that an OTC painkiller cannot treat. If the pain exceeds that which can be handled by everyday painkillers, then you should definitely see a dentist again.

X-RAY

While it might be easy for a dentist to look at your tooth and based on the level of decay determine that you need a root canal, an X-ray enables them to be more precise. This is one of the first things a dentist will require you to do when you show up at their office for a root canal appointment.

Anesthesia

Once your dentist has the X-rays checked out for guidance, they can now get to the business of dumbing the area of the tooth to ensure you will not feel any pain during the procedure. This is not your cue to be nervous or anxious. As a matter of fact, a root canal is not any more painful than a filling.

Pulpectomy

Your dentist now gets down to the business of removing the infected pulp that has caused you many sleepless nights. The dentist gets deep down in the canals to ensure all the infected pulp is removed and that no bacteria is left behind. This is so that you can be assured of no recurrent toothaches.

FILLING

What Dentist Will Do After Getting Rid of Infected Pulp?

After getting rid of all the infected pulp, your dentist needs to now fill the canals with gutta-percha material and then sealed with dental cement. Before sealing, the dentist will take steps to ensure that no bacteria has remained in the canals. It is traumatic and painful to have to unseal the tooth if an infection is to recur, and so a dentist understands they have one chance to get it right.

Painkillers

After a root canal, your doctor will usually prescribe antibiotics to fight the infection and painkillers to help you cope with any pain you might feel when the anesthesia wears off. It is necessary that you practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and examinations. You should also avoid chewing on hard foods that might cause damage to your teeth.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

 

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

 

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Molson Park Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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