A tooth that is painful to bite or chew on, or a more persistent toothache can be a sign of a tooth infection. Your tooth can become infected if you have a leaky filling or a cavity that needs to be filled, or if you have a chipped or cracked tooth as this allows bacteria to get into the tooth. Eventually these bacteria reach the tooth nerve, right in the centre of the tooth which is why the infection is painful. Root canal treatment will remove the infection and will save the tooth.
Is Root Canal Treatment Painful?
Your root canal treatment should not be painful as instead it will get rid of the pain and discomfort in the tooth. Without this treatment, you would lose the tooth. Using local anaesthetic, our dentist will numb the tooth and will remove all the infected nerves. The tooth is then disinfected and sealed and we will normally need to restore it with a crown. This will protect your tooth so you can chew and smile without any worries.