Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD

Are Root Canals Painful?

July 14, 2022
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Posted By: Byron L. Carr, DMD, FAGD
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Root canal treatment is not painful. In fact, it relieves pain from an infected tooth. Dr. Byron Carr is a dentist in Temecula, CA, who provides gentle, pain-free root canal treatment. You no longer need to live with pain from an infected tooth, and our team can help you regain optimal oral health. 

What Is Root Canal Treatment? 

A root canal is a restorative procedure that removes damaged or infected dental pulp. During the procedure, the dentist removes the dead or diseased pulp and seals the tooth to prevent further infection and damage. A root canal is necessary to save the tooth from requiring extraction. 

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Sometimes, bacteria enter a tooth and lead to infection. The soft interior part of the tooth, called the pulp, can become injured, inflamed, or infected. The tooth's crown can remain undamaged even if the tooth's pulp is lifeless. Removing the pulp is the best way to preserve the tooth's structure. 

Some common reasons for pulp damage or infection are:

  • Severe decay or an untreated cavity 
  • Several dental treatments on the same tooth 
  • A crack or chip in the tooth
  • Trauma to a tooth 

What Happens During Root Canal Treatment?

Your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce pain and discomfort. They then make a small access point in the tooth to remove the pulp. Once the pulp is removed, they clean and coat the tooth's interior with antibiotics to repel bacteria. Your dentist may also prescribe you oral antibiotics to prevent reinfection. 

Next, they fill the tooth with a substance called gutta-percha, which helps rebuild the tooth's interior. Finally, the dental team fills and seals the tooth, restoring its function and appearance. Modern root canal therapy is similar to a dental filling and is painless and stress-free. 

Root Canal in Temecula, CA 

If you have a tooth infection or symptoms of an infected tooth, please don't hesitate to contact our dental office. Dr. Byron Carr and our team of dental professionals can help you restore your smile and relieve pain from dental infections. Our Temecula, CA dental office offers various dental care services, including pain-free root canals. 

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you improve your smile! 

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