Is Getting a Root Canal Painful?

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“I would rather have a root canal!” You have probably heard this phrase at some point. Maybe you have even uttered it yourself. There is no question that root canals are feared by many. Even the thought of a root canal sends many people running for the covers. But are they really that scary?

Root canals have gotten a bad rap over the years. The truth is that a root canal feels no different than getting an ordinary filling. It takes a bit longer, but it is a painless procedure. In fact, a root canal will stop any pain that you already may be feeling in your tooth as a result of an infection or sensitivity.

Here is what you can expect during a root canal procedure.

1. The tooth receiving the root canal is shielded from the rest of the mouth with a rubber dam.
2. A local anesthetic is injected around the tooth to numb it. Once it takes effect you will not feel anything, including any existing tooth pain you may be experiencing.
3. Once the tooth is numb, the dentist drills into the tooth until the pulp, the soft center layer of the tooth, is reached.
4. The contents of the pulp is removed, and the pulp chamber is cleaned and disinfected.
5. The pulp chamber is refilled with a rubber-like substance.
6. The tooth is sealed at the surface with a filling.

For more information, consult with our dentist.

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