27 July 2022
Will Laser Root Canal Treatment Be Painful?
If you have a badly infected tooth, root canal treatment may be able to avoid extraction. You want to save your tooth. But, like many others, you fear the worst because you’ve heard horror stories about how painful a root canal can be.
It would be a pity if this deters you from getting a root canal, especially when laser dentistry is now available for the procedure. The bad reputation of root canal therapy is based on extremely painful outdated procedures that are no longer used.
Advances in root canal technology and techniques have evolved over the years, resulting in pain-free laser dentistry. A painless procedure isn’t the only benefit of a laser root canal. Treatment and recovery are faster.
How Laser Dentistry Makes the Root Canal Experience Better
Like conventional root canal therapy, a laser root canal restores a tooth to health by removing infection and bacteria from dental pulp at the centre of a badly decayed or otherwise severely damaged tooth.
However, there’s one big difference with the laser root canal procedure – it makes root canal treatment minimally invasive by avoiding use of a drill.
This immediately relieves the pain from an infected tooth with a pain-free routine procedure typically taking just a single appointment of about 30 minutes, compared with two or three visits of up to 90 minutes each for a traditional root canal.
Laser dentistry for a root canal also facilitates greater precision in eliminating diseased tissue. This leaves the tooth cleaner and preserves more of its healthy structure.
Furthermore, a laser root canal limits the need for anaesthesia and avoids the stress associated with the noise and vibrations of a dental drill at work in your mouth.
Recover After a Laser Root Canal
It generally takes a few days to recover after a root canal.
Laser root canal treatment minimises recovery and healing time because there’s less bleeding and less risk of infection.
Recovery is also more comfortable, and any minor discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen.
Other ways to aid recovery include:
- Avoid hot drinks or chewing anything for at least a few hours after treatment – you could damage your mouth, which will still be numb form the anaesthetic.
- Apply a cold compress to your face.
- Elevate your head with a couple of pillows when you go to bed.
- Avoid chewing with the treated tooth until a permanent filling or a dental crown is placed.
- Maintain good oral hygiene.
Laser Root Canal Cost
As with a traditional root canal, the cost of laser root canal therapy varies according to factors such as complexity of the procedure and extent of infection.
Laser root canal treatment may be more expensive than a conventional root canal but it provides faster, more comfortable treatment that’s a lot less costly than tooth extraction and replacement with a dental implant.