A root canal is a procedure that should solve a problem. It should remove any infection around a tooth, and it should mean that you can return to your normal routines. But what happens if after you get a root canal, your tooth begins to hurt. You need to know the difference between normal pain after the procedure and pain that signals there is a problem that needs to be checked on.
Facts About Root Canals
A root canal is a procedure that involves removing the diseased pulp in a tooth while preserving the rest of the tooth. It is supposed to stop the pain that comes from a tooth with a deep cavity that can reach the nerves. A root canal requires an anesthetic to prevent any pain from the procedure. That anesthetic will wear off shortly after the procedure, but you may experience some effects of the procedure for a time after it is done. It is important to know what is normal and what type of pain is not normal after a root canal so you know what to do about it.
After a Root Canal
It is normal to have swelling and discomfort after a root canal. That can last for a few days. During this time, you should manage any pain or other symptoms with over the counter medications and a good oral hygiene routine. There are some cases when a problem with the root canal procedure is the cause of the tooth pain.
It is possible that during the procedure, the tissue surrounding the root canal has some damage from the instruments. This can cause the area surrounding the root canal to experience additional pain and sensitivity. Another common cause is a temporary filling that is too high. A high filling will cause discomfort when you put pressure on it. This is something that will stop when a new, permanent filling is put in place.
Anytime you feel pain or discomfort after a root canal or any other procedure, you can call our office to ask if it is something to worry about. You can also contact us to schedule an appointment to help you with anything regarding your oral health.