Is Root Canal Therapy Scary and Painful?

Root canal therapy is painful?

The short answer is no because patient would be given anesthetics and the tooth would be numb.  However, there are a number of factors influences the comfort level of the treatment.


Root canal therapy

It is true that the patient would be given anesthetics but sometimes when the patient has a severely infected tooth, the area might be more difficult to become anesthetized because the bacteria and pus would decrease the effectiveness of the anesthetics and the doctor would have to administer an extra dose of anesthetics to achieve the therapeutic effect.  And also patient’s anxiety level can also affect how the tooth responds to anesthetics.

Patient might sometimes experience some post-treatment soreness after the root canal therapy is given.  This can be part of the normal recovery process because the infected area needs time to clear up the toxin and pus caused by the bacteria.  Often dentist would prescribe antibiotics to help decrease the post-operative inflammation and pain medication to manage pain.


Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

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