It shouldn't. People will often hear horror stories around the water cooler about root canals. There are plenty of situations where a patient comes to a root canal specialist in pain. Our job is to take the pain away, not cause it. We will get you numb. Test you to make sure you're numb. If for some reason you have a "hot" tooth and need more anesthetic raise up your left hand. We will stop and get u more numb.
This varies.... The answer is dependent upon so many variables. These variable include the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone, the skills of the dentist, the empathy of the dental team, the sensitivity to dental procedures of the patient, the anxiety of the patient, among other things. It is possible to sleep through the procedure..... Seek online reviews of the dentist; some patients may offer info.
Pain in = pain out. If you came in for root canal with lots of discomfort from highly infected tooth, it maybe more difficult too keep you comfortable. While most good practitioners can alleviate most discomfort it is better to have the tooth treated before it becomes a full blown infection.
No. The procedure itself should not hurt, as mentioned by others. There can be some post-op pain and discomfort, but this typically is not the norm and can usually be controlled with medication. Typically the pain associated with "root canals" is from the infection that caused the need for the root canal. This can cause pain before the procedure and often lingering pain as it clears up afterwards.
Not much. Frequently there is more pain leading up to the root canal because of the abscessed tooth and the pain of the infection. For many patients once the tooth is opened and the pressure released there is much less pain. The endodontist will give appropriate pain medication and sometimes an antibiotic is needed. There is a lot of fear associated with root canals but they are not as bad as the stories.
Possibly but... Depending upon the time frame, the tooth may be sore for a few days or weeks. If the tooth is hitting too much when your upper and lower teeth touch, the dentist/root canal specialist should smooth down so it is out of occlusion (bite.) if the pain continues, get back to the dr. And have it checked- could have a fractured root, infection, etc.
No. Dental anesthesia can be very effective to eliminate treatment pain. There are rare instances that block the effectiveness of the anesthetic and treatment should be stopped. There is no benefit to causing pain for either the patient or the doctor. If you are uncomfortable during treatment ask your doctor to stop and add more anesthetic! don't be brave, there is no reward.
Not much. Don't believe what other people tell you. I have so many patients that tell me after i had performed the procedures that they have absolutely no pain. Make sure you find someone that can work with your pain tolerance and are sensitive to your need. For patients that are extremely anxious I use oral sedation as an adjunct. Talk to your dentist and obtain a referral to an endodontist if warranted. Read more...