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How Painful Is A Root Canal?

A root canal Barrie is a dental treatment procedure for a damaged or infected tooth. It is used in cases where the tooth has a damaged or diseased pulp but the tooth structure is still in good shape. Instead of extracting the whole tooth, your dentist resorts to removing the affected internal part. In a nutshell, the root canal treatment involves removing the pulp tissue, disinfecting the area to have a clean chamber and prevent further infection, and filling the left cavity and sealing the tooth. The tooth is then retained in its natural form without the living tissue inside.

Root Canal – Painless Procedure

Before the removal of the pulp, a local anesthetic is applied to the tooth and the surrounding area. This numbs the area making the process as painless as a simple tooth filling. Instead of causing pain, a root canal helps relieve the pain caused by inflammation and infection that accompanies a tooth with an inflamed pulp. The procedure lasts about 30 minutes to 60 minutes and can even go further depending on your personal situation. The only time one may incur pain is after the process as the tooth heals.

Removing the Pulp

For many people, a trip to the dentist is not an exciting prospect especially when it is not a usual check-up routine. In fact, a recent survey suggests up to 15% of the population do not see the dentist because of misconceptions and fears. When they see an overview of the dental procedure to be used to remove the pulp, they expect a painful process which along with other misconceptions prevents them from getting early help and treatment to their tooth problem. The truth of the matter is, a root canal is a painless process and according to the American Association of Endodontists, patients who have undergone the procedure are six times likely to describe it as painless than painful.

RECOVERY

Pain Killers

While the nerves in the tooth may have been removed along with the rest of the pulp, the area around the tooth retains some sensitivity for a couple of days. This is because as the local anesthesia wears off, the nerves in the surrounding area that may have been affected by the abscess and inflammation may become sore and very sensitive to pressure. As a result, it is advisable to chew food using one side for the time being. The tooth does not heal immediately and needs gentle care. The accompanying pain can be easily treated by over the counter pain killers like Ibuprofen or any drug the doctor prescribes.

Taking Care of The Tooth After a Root Canal

The sensitivity and discomfort should not last for many days. If this happens the patient is required to see the dentist immediately as it could be a new infection or an underlying issue. Taking care of the tooth after a root canal is the same dental practice for all teeth. You should also avoid using the tooth to chew hard foods such as apples. The patient should also go back for a permanent filling placement.

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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