There are many misconceptions about root canals. Patients often worry about pain during and after the procedure, imagining the worst. In fact, according to AAE, patients who have had a root canal are six times more likely to call it painless than those who have foregone the procedure when it was necessary for them. Modern root canal methods and technology have created an easy treatment process that relieves your pain and minimizes post-operative pain.
As with any medical procedure, there will be a period of discomfort as the body heals. As the local anesthetic used during the procedure wears off, patients may experience sensitivity, soreness, or pressure. This shouldn’t be more than a mild to moderate ache or pain and will only last a few days. Check with your endodontist for which over the counter pain relievers are suitable for you.
Three to five days after your procedure, the pain should be gone. General discomfort around the tooth may last a few weeks and be most obvious when flossing, brushing, or eating. In limited cases patients may experience persistent post-operative discomfort. If you have persistent discomfort, contact your endodontist for a follow up.
There are several factors that could contribute to excess or prolonged pain after a root canal. In a limited number or cases patients can experience a flare up. This is characterized by acute worsening of symptoms resulting in moderate to severe pain and/or swelling. If you have these symptoms, please call your endodontist immediately.
Here are a few suggestions to avoid any excess pain after a root canal. Start your prescribed or recommended medications before the local anesthetic wears off. Don’t chew hard foods until sensitivity has diminished. Avoid using the tooth for biting and chewing as much as possible. This will minimize any propagation of cracks prior to the permanent restoration. It’s critical to keep up with good oral hygiene habits after a root canal. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and floss well to avoid bacteria and infection.
If you are suffering from persistent pain, call Central Ohio Endodontics today to discuss your options.