Are root canals painful?
In a word: no.
Root canals have been getting a bad reputation by Amherst dental patients for years, but the truth is that most people’s fear of root canals is unfounded. Perhaps the anxiety over root canals is connected to the pain of a toothache that usually signals a tooth infection—and root canal therapy to treat it. The toothache pain if far worse than the root canal itself, which is no worse than getting a run-of-the-mill cavity filled.
If you let an infected tooth go untreated, the tooth root may eventually die off so you don’t feel any more pain but the infection will still be present. Your dentist must treat the infection to protect your oral health.
Here’s how the root canal procedure works: The area where the affected tooth is located will first be numbed with a local anesthetic. By the time Dr. Kenneth Edwards begins to drill a tiny hole in the tooth, you won’t feel anything. He will use that small hole to extract the infected tooth pulp and other bacteria. Once the area has been thoroughly cleaned out, it will be sealed to prevent future infections.
In most cases, the tooth structure left behind will become brittle, so a crown is generally placed to restore its form and function.