Is the Root Canal Treatment Painful?

Hi! I’m Andy Kumar, the principal dentist here at Pitt St Dental Centre in Sydney CBD.

Last Monday, one of our long-term patients, Jenna from Pyrmont, came in for a regular check-up and clean. During our session, she mentioned that her friend recently had a root canal threatment and was curious about it. She asked, “Is root canal therapy painful? It sounds scary.”

I thought this is an interesting topic to talk about, since most patients have misconceptions surrounding this particular procedure – root canal treatment.

Yes, we’ve all heard it; the mere mention of a root canal sends shivers down the spine. But let’s reassess our understanding because the reality may surprise you.

Root canal treatment has been traditionally associated with intense pain, but with contemporary dental practices, this fear is far from the truth. The perception of pain usually arises because, by the time a patient requires a root canal therapy, they’re already experiencing discomfort due to an infected tooth.

The primary goal of root canal treatment, in fact, is to alleviate pain. It is designed to remove the infected and pain-causing nerve tissue within your tooth. Let’s get this clear – before the dentist even begin the procedure, they ensure the tooth is absolutely numb. For those particularly anxious, don’t worry, we have your comfort in mind. Oral sedatives are available, and if necessary, we can arrange for a fully anesthetised procedure.

Once the tooth is numb, the actual process of removing the infection is usually minimal discomfort. We use calming medications, antibacterial dressings inside the tooth to maintain a minimal discomfort environment. And, of course, following the procedure, we provide suitable medication to manage any postoperative discomfort.

Is the Root Canal Treatment Painful in Sydney - Pitt Street Dental Centre

Misconceptions about painful root canals are just that – misconceptions. It’s crucial to remember that our dental mission is to help you get rid of the pain, not cause it.

The best strategy, though, is prevention. Regular dental check-ups, maintaining good oral hygiene, and eating a balanced diet can significantly lower the chances of needing root canal treatment in the first place.

I hope you find this video informative and useful! If you ever find yourself in need of one, don’t let fear hold you back. Reach out to us, let us walk you through it, and most importantly, let us help you say goodbye to the pain.

Simply call us on 02 9223 4767, complete the booking form on our website, or send us a DM on social media, and we’ll be in touch to help you organise your consultation. See you in the next video.


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