Do Root Canals Hurt?

patient enquiring about root canals from dentist at the clinic

No. Root canal procedures should not cause you any pain, so keep those worries aside!

Root canal treatments are performed to treat damaged or infected tissue in the tooth, after treatment patients often report feeling instant relief as they no longer feel any discomfort or toothache.

It’s a common misunderstanding that root canals are painful procedures. Your experience should not be any different to a routine filling. Throughout the treatment the infected site will be treated with anaesthesia to make sure you feel no pain and remain comfortable.

What are the signs that I might need a root canal?

There’s a chance you might not show any symptoms, but normally a root canal procedure may be required if you experience:

  • Sensitivity of tooth to heat or cold even after it has been taken away
  • Serious pain in the tooth while chewing
  • Swollen gums
  • Tender gums
  • Darkening of the infected tooth
  • Face or neck swelling

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