Is Root Canal Treatment Painful? Debunking Myths and Offering Reassurance

Karim Shokraee 6 minute read Published: 2/05/2023 Last updated: 3/11/2023

Root Canal Treatment: Understanding the Process and Dispelling the Fear

Have you been told that you need a root canal treatment and are worried about the potential pain involved? It’s a common concern, but we’re here to reassure you that the process is not as painful as you may think. In this blog post, we will explore the different stages of endodontic treatment, explain how pain is managed, and provide you with the necessary information to make an informed decision about your dental care.


Why Do I Need a Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is needed when the pulp (the soft tissue inside your tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels) becomes infected or inflamed. This can be due to a deep cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, or an injury to the tooth. If left untreated, this can cause pain or lead to an abscess. A root canal treatment helps save the tooth and restore it to its normal function.

Local Anaesthetic – Numbing the Pain

During the root canal procedure, your dentist will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain during the treatment. According to the NHS, root canal treatment is usually carried out under local anaesthetic and is no more painful than having a filling done.

During the Procedure – What to Expect

Once the area is numb, your dentist will carefully remove the damaged pulp from the tooth’s root canal system. They will then clean, shape, and fill the canal to prevent further infection. Throughout the procedure, your dentist will use specialized tools and techniques to minimize discomfort. To learn more about the endodontic treatment process, visit our Endodontic Treatment page.

After the Procedure – Postoperative Discomfort

While it’s normal to experience some discomfort or mild pain after the root canal treatment, this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. The postoperative discomfort typically subsides within a few days. It’s important to follow your dentist’s post-treatment instructions, which may include avoiding hard or crunchy foods for a short period to aid in the healing process.

Postoperative Discomfort – How to Manage

If you experience postoperative discomfort after your root canal treatment, there are several ways to manage it:

  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers as advised by your dentist
  • Apply ice packs to the outside of your jaw to reduce swelling
  • Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods until the treated area has healed

Before and After Root Canal Treatment

Conclusion – Overcoming Fear and Embracing Expert Care

Root canal treatment doesn’t have to be a painful experience. With the use of local anaesthetic and modern dental techniques, most patients report little to no discomfort during the procedure. Postoperative discomfort can be managed with simple at-home care, and the benefits of endodontic treatment far outweigh any temporary discomfort.

Don’t let fear of pain keep you from receiving the dental care you need. If you have any questions or concerns about root canal treatment, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Skidmore, please contact us by email or telephone. Our friendly and experienced team at Vallance Dental Centre is here to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.