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What You Can Do If You Experience Pain After Root Canal Procedure

Root Canals get a bad rap – discover the truth.

 

Pain After Root Canal ProcedureIf the thought of a root canal makes you cringe in fear, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American Association of Endodontics nearly 67% of Americans are concerned about the pain after root canal procedure. But rest assured–with modern day techniques and anesthetics, roots canals are no more painful than a routine filling.

What is a Root Canal?

A root canal is a procedure that removes the infected tooth pulp, and the dead nerve; in order to preserve the life of the tooth. While the life of the tooth isn’t saved, the structure of the tooth is. The structure of the tooth is still capable of chewing food, and helps with speech.

The purpose of a root canal is to treat, and relieve pain that’s caused by an infection in the tooth. A root canal becomes necessary when the pulp (the blood or nerve supply) of the tooth has become infected or injured. The most severe pain is usually experienced before the root canal because of this infection.

An Experienced Endodontist

Calm your root canal fears with an experienced Endodontist!  An Endodontist is literally a root canal specialist. Endodontists receive an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized training (after dental school) specific to roots canals, and other dental nerve damage.

At Penn Dental Family Practice, our Endodontists are highly skilled with the latest technologies to diagnose and treat our patients. In order to minimize pain after root canal procedure, schedule an appointment with an Endodontist as soon as your dentist recognizes your need for a root canal.

Pain After Root Canal Procedure: What You Can Do

After your root canal, you might experience some tenderness or sensitivity for a few days after your procedure. It’s rare to experience prolonged sensitivity after a root canal, but if you continue to feel pain, here are a few tips on root canal pain relief.

  • Call your Endodontist! If you are experiencing continued pain after your procedure, contact your Endodontist immediately.
  • Apply an ice pack to soothe and calm the pain.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication. Ibuprofen can help relieve pain and reduce swelling.
  • Try a saltwater gargle. Saltwater can help fight infection and ease the pain. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, and gargle 2-3 times a day .
  • Sleep with elevated pillows. Elevating your pillow prevents your gums and nerves from throbbing.

If you’re still concerned about pain after root canal procedures, or are in need of an experienced Endodontist, contact Penn Dental today!

 

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