Movies and other media make root canals sound like absolute torture. However, the dentist tries to make sure the tooth is anesthetized during the process and any after-the-fact discomfort is eased. Besides, the discomfort from the infected tooth can be longer lasting and damaging.
The reason a person would consider or require a root canal is if the pulp inside the tooth, where the nerves and blood vessels reside, becomes infected. This infection can spread, causing more and more harm. Your teeth can feel overly sensitive and biting can become painful. Also, swelling can occur in your face or even your neck.
If the infection goes unchecked, you can lose the tooth, and it can harm your surrounding gums or the jaw bone. However, getting a root canal as soon as you recognize the signs can be the thing that will help you avoid all that and feel comfortable again.
Before the treatment begins, as with nearly all dental procedures, the dentist will give anesthesia to the area he will work on. This should ensure that you feel no discomfort during the treatment and allow him to remove the affected pulp.
Of course, as with nearly all medical and dental procedures, there will be a period of several days where the tooth will feel uncomfortable. Your body needs time to recover and adjust. The dentist may provide medications to help ease this discomfort while your tooth recovers.
As you can see, the dentist will try to make things easier for you. After a few days time, you should feel better and not have any of the discomfort that came with the infection.
If you do feel discomfort for much longer than several days after a procedure, do not hesitate to come back. We will try to help you and put things in order.
If you have any needs like this, call 402-932-0282 in order to see Dr. Robin Khan. We reside in Omaha, Nebraska, at Dentistry For Health.