Root canal treatment is a fairly intensive procedure, after which it is completely normal to feel pain in the treated tooth. This is because during root canal treatment, the dentist cleans the gums, and this will irritate surrounding nerves and gums.
This pain will normally go away over time since the goal of root canal treatment is quite to avoid the pain of a dying or damaged tooth in the future. So you do not have to be scared if a treated tooth hurts for a while after root canal treatment – we make our patients aware of this after each root canal treatment.
However, if pain persists, it is important that you visit our clinic as soon as possible, since you may need further intervention.
What to expect during healing after root canal treatment?
Root canal treatments have been deservedly bad news for a long time, as they used to be terribly painful interventions. Fortunately, methods are now available to significantly reduce pain associated with root canal treatment.
Before treatment, a local anaesthetic is used, which reduces pain, so that treatment can be performed painlessly. You will feel some pressure in your tooth during treatment, which may be uncomfortable, but you do not have to worry about severe pain.
The effect of the local anaesthetic wears off over time after root canal treatment, in which case the pain of the irritated tooth may return. This is caused by a cleaning process, during which a hole is drilled in the tooth and then damaged, infected parts of the tooth are removed. So it is natural that you will feel pain in the treated tooth after treatment, but this will ease in a couple of days and will go away completely over time.
The pain after root canal treatment is usually not severe, but you may need an over-the-counter painkiller during the days after treatment. It is important to find out in advance what painkillers you are advised to take for this pain. It is worth consulting about this with our dentists in advance.
It is important to take extra care of your teeth in the days after treatment – do not chew with them, do not eat hard things, do not drink hot drinks, and so on.
When should you see a dentist for pain after root canal treatment?
As already mentioned, having pain after root canal treatment is normal and it will go away completely over time. However, if you experience pain or swelling for an extended period of time, you should return to our clinic as soon as possible.
Most people may need one or two root canal treatments to clean their teeth completely. In more severe cases, cleansing may be required several times – recurrent pain may be indicative of this.
Painkillers can help relieve post-treatment complaints, but you may need stronger, prescription-only medications that our dentists can prescribe. Of course, you should only take them strictly according to our instructions.
Once a root canal treatment is complete and the tooth is considered fully treated, it is often recommended to apply a crown on the affected tooth. This may be made of metal, porcelain or gold. The purpose of a crown is to protect the treated tooth from subsequent damages, as root-treated teeth can become more brittle over time than healthy teeth. You may still feel some pain after applying the crown, but over time this will go away as you get used to wearing it.
Treatment of pain after root canal treatment
In addition to temporary medication, there are other ways to relieve toothache after root canal treatment. It is important to take care of your teeth and protect the health of your mouth. Root canal treatment is also a good time to quit smoking.
You can use any safe solution to relieve your pain that you know that it will soothe you. Yoga, for example, can help divert attention from your pain (and you may even find yourself in a new, healthy hobby).
An alternative to root canal treatment
In some cases, permanent removal of the tooth may be recommended instead of root canal treatment. This is usually needed if the tooth is severely damaged and even a thorough cleaning of the pulp may not be able to help. Removed tooth can then be replaced with an implant or other replacement solutions.
If you wish to save your inflamed teeth, book an appointment to our clinic for root canal treatment and we guarantee the effectiveness of our treatment!
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