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Why does having a root canal hurt?

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A root canal is a dental procedure that is performed to remove infected or damaged tissue from inside a tooth, in order to save the tooth from extraction. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the tooth, and most people feel little to no pain during the procedure. We can provide this treatment under iV sedation for maximum comfort.

However, some patients may experience pain or discomfort after the procedure, which can be caused by several factors, such as:

  • Inflammation: The procedure can cause inflammation in the surrounding tissues, which can lead to pain or discomfort.
  • Nerve irritation: The nerve inside the tooth may be irritated or damaged during the procedure, which can cause pain or sensitivity.
  • Postoperative infection: In rare cases, an infection may develop after the procedure, which can cause pain or discomfort.
  • Overuse of the tooth: Using the tooth too soon after the procedure can cause pain or discomfort, as the tooth may not be fully healed yet.

It’s also important to note that some patients may have pre-existing pain or discomfort caused by the infection or damage that led to the need for the root canal, which may not be fully relieved until after the procedure.

It’s important to keep in mind that the root canal procedure is done to relieve pain caused by an infected or damaged tooth, not to cause pain. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort after the procedure, it’s important to contact your dentist or endodontist for guidance on how to manage it. They may recommend over-the-counter pain medication or antibiotics if necessary.