Alderley Dental
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How painful is a root canal?

Root canal treatment is not considered painful by most patients—though it has an unfair reputation. The reality is that the infection is painful, but the treatment is pain relieving.

If your Alderley dentist recommends root canal treatment, it means you have an infection deep in the root of your tooth. Symptoms may include:

  • Toothache
  • Jaw pain
  • Gum blister

In some instances, the nerve is damaged or dead, which means you may not feel pain. Instead, your dentist finds the infection during a regular dental exam.

The root canal process means we numb the treatment area, and your dentist gently extracts inflamed or infected tissue from the root of your tooth. We close with a healing agent and transient filling. At your next exam, we provide a permanent filling or a dental crown—this is dependent on the stability of your tooth following treatment. The crown helps prevent breakage if the tooth is fragile. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap.

A root infection can be excruciating and require emergency dentistry in Alderley. However, you can lower your risks by visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and teeth cleans. You should also brush and floss daily—ask your dentist for best practices for your smile.

If You Have a Toothache, We Want to Help

If you have tooth sensitivity or pain, we encourage you to reach out to our dental team today.