Is a Root Canal Painful – What to Expect During the Procedure

The procedure is typically painless and straightforward with proper anesthesia and the latest technology.

If you’re scheduled for a root canal, you might feel nervous about the procedure. Root canals have a reputation for being painful, but they’re not as bad as you might think.

At The Dental Anesthesia Center, we value our patient relationships, making it our priority to deliver the gentle dental care you deserve. We work hard to make you feel at ease by providing exceptional patient care in a relaxed, convenient atmosphere.

What to Expect During a Root Canal

Here’s what you can expect during a root canal:

  • Local anesthesia: Before the procedure begins, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
  • Accessing the pulp: Once you’re numb, your dentist will create a small hole in the top of your tooth to access the pulp chamber.
  • Removing the infected tissue: The pulp inside your tooth will be removed using specialized tools. This might take some time, but you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
  • Cleaning and shaping the root canals: After removing the infected pulp, your dentist will clean and shape the root canals. This helps ensure that all of the bacteria and infected tissue are removed.
  • Filling the canals: Once clean and dry, your dentist will fill them with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. It is placed with an adhesive cement to ensure it is completely sealed.
  • Restoring the tooth: After completing the root canal, your dentist will place a filling or crown over your tooth to protect it.

Local anesthetic is generally used for a root canal procedure. However, when you come in for your appointment, Dr. Hoffmann or Dr. Thoms will decide which level is best for you. The various types of sedation we use include oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.

Relief for Your Anxiety

A root canal is a routine dental procedure to save a damaged or infected tooth. The procedure is typically painless and straightforward with proper anesthesia and the latest technology. If you feel nervous about your root canal, talk to us about your concerns. We can provide more information about what to expect and help you feel more comfortable during the procedure.

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Updated: March 23, 2023

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