Does a Root Canal Hurt?

Does a root canal hurt? I spent years assuring my clients that roots canals were really not so bad.

Easy for me to say!

It's my job to explain how cavities occur, root canal treatment, implants and other such things.

And to encourage nervous patients who need dental treatment.

I have always believed that being in the dental profession should give me a free pass... immunity to dental problems.  

But so far, this hasn't been the case.

Life was all fun and games until my lower jaw woke me up one night.

Until it was MY molar.

There are a lot of different types of pain but none quite like the pain of a tooth that needs a root canal.

As much as we all don't like needles what they deliver is a little piece of heaven when you are in pain.

A throbbing tooth makes the fear of needles seem so silly.

Of course, there are better ways to spend an hour…much better ways.

But I was right,  it really is not so bad.  And, as it turns out, there is no dental immunity.    Even if you floss, don't drink sodas and work in a dental office... root canals happen... to good people.

The best part is that the tooth that was killing you quits and you can stop sucking down pain killers and wondering when your jaw will explode.

And after...

It feels much better. Your jaw may be sore for a few days after. Your tooth may still hurt while the area is recovering from the trauma of the infection and the root canal itself.

But in a different, less intense way.

Some root canal teeth do hurt for a few days after the treatment. If you have pain after a root canal be sure to let your dentist know.

An antibiotic or steroid may be needed to relieve a tooth that still has mild discomfort or pain.  More about root canals here.

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