Many people believe that root canal therapy is a painful dental treatment. In reality, it is an effective general dental treatment to stop pain, not cause it. Root canals have received a bad reputation due to the symptoms they treat. At Ambler Dental Care, we want to assure our patients in Ambler, Blue Bell, Horsham and the surrounding areas that it is not the root canal therapy that is painful – it is infected teeth that cause the pain.
When a tooth’s interior becomes exposed, decay and infection can infiltrate the inside of the tooth. This can happen through a crack or damage to the exterior, or through decay that is allowed to proceed into the dentin and pulp of the tooth. Once bacteria are allowed inside the tooth, infection can take hold. This can cause inflammation or an abscess that can put pressure on the nerve of the tooth, causing severe pain.