Does a Root Canal Hurt?

No, a root canal does not hurt.  When a tooth needs a root canal there are typically a couple of reasons.  One, the tooth has developed an abscess.  Two, a large area of decay has entered the nerve space.  Three, the tooth has died.  All of these are reasons a tooth would need a root canal.

Now with that being said, the tooth is typically hurting due to one of the previously mentioned reasons.  When I perform a root canal I am sure to have profound anesthesia, meaning you WILL NOT feel anything other than the pressure.