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Is a root canal painful?

Diagram of root canal procedureRoot canals are, undoubtedly, one of the least understood and most feared dental treatments out there. 

If you need root canal treatment in Wellington, you probably have tons of questions about the procedure. How long does a root canal take? What happens to my tooth after treatment? Will I have dietary restrictions? 

The question we hear most often from our patients is no doubt on your mind, as well: Will my root canal be painful?

Gentle Dentistry in Wellington

The idea that root canals are painful is a common and widespread misconception. For most patients, root canals are about as painful as an ordinary tooth filling. In other words, root canals should not hurt at all, and you should only feel mild pressure throughout the treatment. 

Root Canal Procedure

If you need a root canal, it means your tooth is severely injured and at-risk for extraction. To save the tooth and prevent extraction, our Wellington dentist will perform root canal treatment on the interior of your tooth. Before we begin treatment, we will numb the area around your tooth. You shouldn’t feel any sensations, including pain. 

Throughout your root canal, Dr. Bussell will use a small dental drill and other specialized instruments to treat your infection. It’s normal to feel pressure associated with these instruments, but the pressure is the only thing you should feel. 

Once your root canal treatment is complete, you will actually be in considerably less pain than you were before your treatment began! 

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