Root canal treatment means the end of pain, not the beginning of it. Anyone who's ever suffered from pulp inflammation or infection knows the hurt of toothache, which only gets worse the longer it goes untreated. Even taking a sip of water can be a painful experience to someone in need of root canal treatment.
An endodontist is well aware of the painful plight of toothache, and they are experts in pain management. An endodontist makes patient comfort a priority and strives to keep procedures pain free, with advanced numbing techniques and a gentle bedside manner.
With modern techniques and anesthetics, most patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.
For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was an infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medications. Follow your endodontist’s instructions carefully.
When is it time to see an endodontist?
No one enjoys having work done on their teeth and some even delay their bi-annual cleanings out of fear or reluctance to visit the dentist. But when it comes to real tooth pain, it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible. You’ll feel better and likely save your tooth.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, have injured your tooth, feel sensitivity to hot or cold, and/or there is swelling around the teeth, gums or your face, make an appointment with an endodontist or pay a visit to your dentist, first.
Your dentist may refer you to an endodontist — an expert at saving teeth with two or more years of specialized training above and beyond dental school.
Always keep in mind that beginning your root canal procedure means ending your tooth pain.