Though everyone’s situation is different, most patients who come into our office with little to no discomfort prior to their root canal have very comfortable procedures. They usually leave and recover with mild, easily manageable tenderness.
But some patients come in for their root canal with what we call a “hot tooth”. This term identifies a tooth that takes extra care to numb and keep comfortable after the procedure. These patients have usually been hurting for days before the procedure.
They’re just short of losing their tooth to an extraction. Unfortunately, there is no procedure that will cure them of all their discomfort in a snap, although an initial treatment visit, some pain meds and perhaps an antibiotic & steroid can go a long way. No need to blame the root canal!