A root canal is a major procedure, so pain after a root canal is normal.
A root canal involves deep cleaning inside the canals (the inner chamber of the root) of your tooth, which can in turn irritate surrounding nerves and gums.
It’s normal to experience mild to moderate pain for a few days after a root canal.
What should you do after a root canal?
Root Canal Recovery
Oftentimes, the discomfort is mild and resolves in a few days. Post-root canal discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Additionally, it is important to avoid chewing on the tooth until all of the tenderness is gone.
How long does a root canal take?
Patients are often curious how long a root canal takes to finish. They can generally expect one or two appointments of about 90 minutes each. An endodontist, and some general dentists, will often perform root canal treatment using a microscope that attaches to the wall and hangs over the patient’s mouth.
Do root canals cause health problems?
Root canal therapy is not the cause of cancer or heart attacks. Root canals do not leave areas of necrotic bone in your jaw that are filled with bacteria and lead to chronic inflammation and illness.
How painful is root canal treatment?
Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becomes infected or damaged. People fear root canals because they assume they are painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed.