Here at the San Francisco offices of Dr. Robert M. Walley, we know what happens when a patient hears that their tooth pain may require a root canal: their heartbeat quickens, their palms get sweaty, and an icy chill runs up their spine—all because someone at some point in their life told them that nothing is worse than a root canal.
However, there is no need for all the concerns surrounding root canals, as modern San Francisco dentistry has made terrific strides in alleviating root canal pain, both during and after the procedure. We can’t tell you how many patients have left a comfortable root canal surgery saying, “That wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be!” That’s a testament to the work we’ve done in making the procedure much more comfortable than it may have been decades ago.
How California Dentists Alleviate Root Canal Pain
Let’s start with the obvious: root canals are often the fix for excruciating tooth pain, not the cause of it. When Dr. Walley recommends a root canal, it almost always is a response to debilitating toothaches, tooth trauma, and/or infection. You are going to feel better once the procedure is finished. Your pain will be lessened.
As for the process itself, it feels a lot like a normal filling that just requires more time in the chair. To make sure patients don’t feel a thing, Dr. Walley will start by numbing the area around the infected root using a local anesthetic. Just like any other shot you’ve even gotten, you’ll feel a little pinch at first, and then the pain is over while your dentist works through the process of completing the procedure. As you drive home, the most pain you’ll likely experience will be a slightly sore jaw from holding your mouth open.
Afterward, your tooth may be a little sore and tender for a few days at most, but the pain is mild and can be tempered by over-the-counter pain meds like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Have a Root Canal Done
Comparatively, procrastination in getting the procedure done can be incredibly painful. An infected root is not going to simply get better on its own, and in fact, if left alone it may require complete tooth loss and can even spread the infection to other parts of your body. If this happens, patients can experience fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing, skin rashes, vomiting, and even painful urination. Compared to the slight, temporary discomfort of a root canal, these symptoms would seem especially bad.
Scheduling Your Root Canal with Dr. Robert M. Walley
Does anybody want to get a root canal? Of course not. But in this case, it’s simply much easier and less painful to have the thing done as soon as it’s necessary rather than dealing with the pain and complications that can come with putting it off. Thankfully, Dr. Robert M. Walley has been performing root canal procedures for years and knows exactly what he’s doing to ensure it’s as quick and painless as possible. If you find yourself due for a root canal, you couldn’t be in better hands!