Root canals are common procedures designed to clean the canals of the tooth which can lead to irritation of the nerve and gums. Because of this, some pain after the procedure can be expected and is completely normal.
It is important to take the right precautions after having a root canal to ensure the area heals and you are able to manage your pain effectively to reduce discomfort. Here are some things you can expect after a root canal and a few aftercare tips that can help.
The root canal procedure begins by numbing the area, so right after it’s done you will likely not feel a thing. Once the anesthesia wears off some hours later, you may begin to feel mild pain and discomfort. This should wear down in a few days, though you can still experience mild sensitivity when you eat as the treated tooth presses against the food while you chew.
The pain is usually easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You might also need to avoid chewing on the site of the treated tooth until it fully heals, and eat soft foods to avoid more pain.
However, if the pain lasts for more than a few days, you should call your dentist for a follow-up appointment.
The best thing you can do to ensure swift root canal recovery is to stay on top of your oral hygiene routine. This also has an effect on your long-term oral health and could help you avoid the need for more extensive dental procedures down the line.
Some dental hygiene elements to focus on can include:
If you have an infected tooth and think you might need a root canal procedure, we at Sarasota Bay Dental can help.