Oak Tree Dentistry
Pritpal Gill, DDS

Are root canals painful?

Root canal treatment is not painful; it relieves pain.

The pain that patients often associate with root canal treatment actually comes from the severe symptoms of infection that can develop quickly and worsen over time.

  • Pain and sensitivity
  • Swelling of the gums, jaw, or face
  • Tooth discoloration
  • A bitter taste in the mouth
  • Small gum lesion, like a pimple
  • Throbbing and pressure

You may find that pain is worse when you lie down. Though you can take anti-inflammatory medication to help, it does not eliminate the infection, and a root canal with your Elk Grove dentist may become necessary.

If you are experiencing a dental emergency in Elk Grove, Lodi, Galt, or the Sacramento area, give us a call. We will make your comfort a priority.

Advanced techniques and extensive training make root canal treatment similar to a routine filling. You may feel some residual sensitivity for a few days following treatment, but it should gradually improve until you feel normal again.

Root canal treatment is a tooth-saving procedure that you shouldn’t put off. The only way to determine if this is the appropriate treatment for you is with a dental exam. Our gentle team is here to help you regain your oral health and smile again.

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