What To Expect After Your Root Canal

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Root canal procedures are performed to treat infections in the soft tissue (nerve) inside the root of your tooth. This infection can be really painful, and if left untreated, lead to further infection or tooth loss. During a root canal, your dentist will remove all the infected nerve, clean the canals, and then fill and seal the space. After this, a crown should be placed over the tooth to restore function and strength to natural tooth structure as root canal treatment can cause the tooth to become brittle and subject to fracture.

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Following a root canal, it’s normal to feel some tenderness around the affected tooth. This should only last a few days. If there is significant pain, or if it lasts longer than a few days, you should contact your dentist immediately. Jaw soreness or discomfort is common after root canal procedures; over-the-counter pain medication such as Advil or Tylenol should be able to ease any discomfort or pain after your root canal treatment.

Following your treatment, it’s important to be careful until the local anaesthetic has worn off to prevent you biting your tongue or cheek. It is advised to avoid eating on this tooth until a crown has been placed. You can, and should, brush and floss as normal.

You should not experience any visible swelling in your mouth after the procedure. If swelling does occur, contact your dentist right away. Other things to watch out for following a root canal are any feelings of severe pain or pressure, a return of the original symptoms, or an uneven bite. If any of these happen, contact your dentist immediately.

Even though a root canal isn’t thought of as a pleasant experience, the relief you feel once the pain of the infection is gone should be enough to make it more than worthwhile.


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