By far the most common question asked of dentists is this one! And we will testify that a root canal treatment is NOT painful!
The use of local anaesthetic to make the tooth numb will prevent pain while the procedure is done. In very rare circumstances, it can take a lot to get the tooth to go numb.
When this happens, we place special paste inside the tooth to allow the nerve to settle so that at a later appointment the treatment can be completed painlessly.
Some people do experience post-operative discomfort which can easily be relieved by normal over the counter pain medication.
Root canal treatments can be a fairly lengthy process to go through, and you need to be aware that you would be committing to at least two visits to finish the treatment.
Generally, it will take up to five visits to finish the root canal treatment and place a crown on the tooth for protection.
If a crown is not placed immediately, it is highly recommended to be done within the first year of a root canal treatment to prevent breakages as the tooth begins to dry out post-treatment.