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Common Questions

I heard that root canal treatments are very painful?

It is a very widespread misconception, unfortunately often supported by media.  Treatment by a specialist is usually painless.

We will take every measure to ensure that your procedure is in no way uncomfortable. If treatment is needed, we will inject a small amount of anesthetic to gently numb a concentrated area of your mouth.  For most patients, the feeling of numbness usually subsides after 2-3 hours.

I still have pain after my treatment was completed. Is something wrong?
It is not abnormal to have pain after the treatment.  It happens in about 15% of cases.   The usual reason for pain is the fact that tooth infection affects not only the tooth, but also surrounding tissue, and time is needed for healing.  The severity and duration of post-operative discomfort varies greatly among different individuals.

Why do I need to return to my dentist after endodontic treatment is completed?
Your treatment is not complete until the tooth is restored permanently. Your dentist will perform permanent restoration of the tooth. This is a vital component of treatment because it protects the tooth from breaking and prevents reinfection by the process of sealing the canal space from the oral environment.

Can I drive after a root canal treatment?
Yes.  Root canal treatment is usually performed under local anesthesia, just as any other dental treatment.  It normally does not have any effects on your capability to drive or do any other work.

Can I go to work after root canal treatment?
Yes.  Root canal treatment generally is not different from most other dental procedures, except it takes a longer time, usually 1-2 hours.  It usually does not have any effects on your ability to work.