Mississauga Root Canal Therapy

Is Root Canal Therapy Painful?

When people are told that they need a root canal treatment, they usually think about pain. However, the pain they feel is caused by an infection in the tooth, not by root canal treatment. A root canal is done to eliminate that pain and save your tooth from being extracted. The root canal procedure itself is painless. A local anaesthetic numbs the tooth and the surrounding area. Many people may be afraid to have root canal therapy because they are anxious about having dental work done.  Ask us for more information on options for severity of anxiety.

If the tooth’s nerves are removed, will I feel any pain?

Many people believe that once they have had root canal treatment, they will no longer feel pain in the treated tooth. This, however, is incorrect. The tooth will no longer be sensitive to hot or cold food or beverages. But for a few days after treatment, the area around the tooth can be sensitive. If this happens to you, Dr. Paul Han can prescribe a medicine to reduce inflammation.

I’m not feeling any pain, so I don’t really need a root canal, right?

Many teeth that need root canal therapy will not cause pain. But that does not mean the tooth is okay. Dr. Paul Han can take x-rays to see if the tooth’s pulp is damaged or infected. If it is, then you will need root canal treatment, even if the tooth doesn’t hurt. If you see something near a damaged tooth that looks like a pimple, call us right away. The “pimple,” called a fistula, is a tunnel of tissue draining pus from an infection. There is no pain because the fistula keeps pressure from building in the tissue. It can come and go. The infection must be treated, and the tooth probably needs root canal treatment.

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