I have heard that root canals are...

I have heard that root canals are very painful. I have to have one done. What can I expect?

Dr. Richard Lilleker
Dr. Richard Lilleker Dentist Basingstoke
In my experience root treatment is usually not painful. It is mainly carried out on a dead nerve so there is no nerve to feel anything - sometimes anaesthetic is not even needed!

Afterwards some tenderness of the area is to be expected.

A very tiny proportion of root canal treatments may be painful. This is occurs when treatment isnt sought quickly and inflammation and or infection builds up. In the vast majority of cases root canal is not painful.

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