Root canals: fillings on steroids (not literally!)
Almost without exception, root canals two visits. On the first visit, we remove the diseased root and clean out the infection. Then, the tooth is closed up with a temporary filling.
After your tooth heals, you’ll come back for a second visit. This time, we’ll take X-Rays to make sure the infection is completely gone, the permanently seal the tooth.
Okay but, do root canals hurt?
In a word, no. In fact, they’re usually a huge relief, because they instantly stop the pain caused by the infection.
What’s more, during the procedure, we numb the tooth and the area around it. Just like we would for a cavity. If you do happen to feel pain during a root canal or any other procedure, let your dentist know.