A root canal is an infamous dental procedure. Supposedly, it’s very painful, and that’s why people avoid it. However, the irony is that in order to be a candidate for a root canal, people will have developed an infected tooth that is itself normally very painful. As a result, people who have a root canal actually experience less pain than before, and a new study shows that these pain reductions occur within the first week after the procedure!
In this new study, 62 dentists from across the country–including some from Washington–and in Scandinavia recruited root canal patients to rate their pain before and after their root canal procedure. The majority (46) of dentists were general dentists, while the remainder were endodontists. Although over 700 patients age 19 to 70 were asked for feedback, only 655 gave feedback at the one-week follow-up.
Patients rated their pain on the typical 0 to 10-point pain scale you’re used to from the last time you were at the doctor. Before the procedure, about 50% of patients reported “severe” pain (7 or more on the scale), and the average pain rating was 5.3. After the procedure, only 19% rated their pain as “severe,” and the average pain rating had dropped to only 3.6–a 32% reduction!
In addition, people experienced fewer days with pain in the week following their root canal than they had in the week before their root canal 2.1 vs. 3.6.
All these reductions were statistically significant. And, of course, pain levels continue to drop after the first week.
Yeah, we know it sounds hard to believe, but you actually should look forward to your root canal. Sure, ideally with good home care and regular oral hygiene visits no one should need a root canal. But if you do need a root canal, you should count the days until it’s finally here, because that is the day that your pain will finally begin to stop.
If you think you might need a root canal, please call 509-368-7788 for an appointment with a Spokane dentist at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
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