Michael J Aiello, DDS, PLC

Are Root Canals Painful?

August 24, 2021
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Posted By: Michael Aiello Dentisty

Few dental procedures strike fear into the hearts of patients like the root canal. Many people imagine it will be a painful and unpleasant procedure. Yet, it is nothing to fear. Not only will the procedure make you feel much better after the dentist completes the procedure, but your dentist will also ensure that you are as comfortable as possible during the procedure and feel no pain.
Using an anesthetic, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth so that you cannot feel what's happening. If you are awake for the procedure, you will experience pressure as the dentist applies it, but you should not feel pain.

What Is Root Canal Therapy?

This procedure is necessary when the root of a tooth becomes infected with bacteria that start to root the tooth's pulp, causing significant pain—often caused by another issue, like a cavity or crack that lets bacteria into the tooth. The nerve endings in the tooth's roots will not stop sending throbbing pain signals until the infection ends or the root dies. Trying to avoid a root canal or wait out the pain is not recommended. The infection can spread to your jaw or affect your mouth's health, including ruining your breath, making it hard or impossible to chew with that part of your mouth and more.

Using specialized dental drills and other equipment, the dentist will remove the bacteria-ridden pulp from the infected tooth's root. Then the root will be sterilized and sealed back up. Because the procedure removes the affected nerve and the infection, the massive pain it caused stops. In just a day or two, patients find themselves in less pain after root canal therapy than they were in before the procedure.

The Root Canal Therapy Specialists of Clinton Township, MI

Contact Michael Aiello's dental office to schedule a time to meet with a dentist about the work you need to have done on your teeth.

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