In spite of what you may have heard, root canal therapy is not a painful procedure. In fact, it is designed to ease the pain of a tooth that has been seriously damaged.
A painful tooth can be a sign that the soft tooth pulp is exposed, for example as a result of decay or injury, such as a fractured tooth. When tooth pulp is exposed to bacteria in your mouth it can become infected, causing severe discomfort. Root canal therapy can help by extracting the infected pulp, cleaning and disinfecting the root canal, and filling it to avoid re-infection.
After your root canal therapy, we place a crown over your tooth to secure the treatment and provide a natural appearance. At this stage, the only way you’ll know you have undergone therapy will be some slight tenderness, which can be treated with over-the-counter pain relief.