There is no hurt like a root canal hurt. At least that’s what most people think. In fact, they have a terrible reputation. “I’d rather have a root canal” is what you say when something you have to do is so bad that you would rather endure the torture of a root canal.
The reality is that for most people, having a root canal is no more stressful than getting a filling done. With today’s technology, most patients come away impressed with how fast and easy the procedure is. And most importantly, how pain free they are, both during and afterwards.
It is very likely that the dread around having a root canal is more related to the pain in the tooth that caused it. In most cases, the symptoms that point to a root canal is a very painful tooth ache.