A Root Canal Doesn’t Cause Pain, it Relieves it

Root canal (endodontic) treatment relieves pain.  Damaged tissues inside the tooth can cause a severe toothache.  Root canal treatment removes these damaged tissues from inside the tooth to relieve pain and infection.  Thanks to advancements in anesthetics and treatment techniques, the overwhelming majority of patients report that they are comfortable during the procedure.

For the first few days after treatment, the tooth often feels sensitive, especially if pain or infection was present before the procedure.  This discomfort is usually well-controlled with over-the-counter pain medications.  After one week, only 5% of patients report discomfort is still present and they rate their pain level as mild.



“I’ve always heard root canals are super painful, but this was a piece of cake.”
— Lisa R.