What is a root canal? You have probably heard people talk about how painful getting a root canal can be, but the truth is far from the myth. Our Los Angeles endodontist applies a local anesthetic before proceeding with the treatment, so you will not feel a thing. Many patients have described getting a root canal to be no more painful than getting a dental filling. In fact, getting a root canal can prevent further pain from occurring.
A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes infected and needs to be removed. If it is not removed, the infection can spread to gum tissue or the jaw bone, leading to numerous other health problems. A root canal can prevent the infection from spreading, sparing you from experiencing further complications. Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of your tooth for a speedy recovery.
If you experience any further pain following the procedure such as ear pain or tooth pain, you should see your dentist to make sure the root canal did not cause it. Other than that, you should take it easy for the first couple of days and follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions carefully.