Is my root canal going to hurt?
We're familiar with the bad reputation of root canal therapy.
We have great news for you, however.
The pain that people associate with root canal therapy isn't from the treatment itself; it's actually from the problem that makes the treatment necessary! We take great care to make sure that you are numb and comfortable before we begin any type of treatment here at Stonebriar Family Dentistry, and we'll check on you throughout your procedure to make sure you stay comfortable.
We recommend a root canal when something has gone wrong with the pulp, the soft center of your tooth that contains the blood vessels and nerves of the tooth. When an infection or decay affects this area, it can be quite painful because it is so close to the nerves. A root canal removes the compromised pulp as well as the damaged nerve and replaces it with an inert filling. This treatment relieves the pain and helps the area heal.
You might experience some discomfort after anesthetic from the procedure wears off since your body is still healing, but this can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Dr. Chitre will discuss your needs with you before beginning your procedure.
If you are in pain and suspect you need a root canal, please call us right away. The sooner we complete treatment, the sooner you can feel like yourself again!