Pain after root canal: It’s what many people think about when faced with having their infected tooth repaired. In fact, if the thought of a root canal makes you cringe in fear, you’re not alone. According to the American Association of Endodontics, nearly 67% of Americans are concerned about the pain associated with a root canal.
The truth, however, is that when it comes to a root canal, the procedure ultimately helps relieve tooth pain. Before having a root canal, the affected tooth often causes an individual to feel uncomfortable and even miserable due to pain.
At Penn Dental Family Practice, our endodontists are skilled and practiced in performing routine root canals. We strive to help our patients feel as comfortable as possible before, during, and after a root canal procedure.
A root canal is necessary when the pulp (the blood or nerve supply) of the tooth becomes infected or injured. Usually, the most severe pain occurs before the root canal because of this infection. Symptoms that indicate the need for a root canal can include:
Although root canals largely get a bad rap, the procedure actually saves your tooth, preventing it from having to be extracted. And, with modern techniques and anesthetics, root canals are no more painful than a routine filling.
A root canal is an endodontic treatment designed to preserve the life of the tooth. When performing a root canal, a dentist or endodontist :
Once treated, the tooth structure is restored and able to function normally.
After your root canal treatment, you might experience some tenderness or sensitivity. This discomfort can last for up to a few days after your procedure. It’s rare, however, to experience prolonged sensitivity after a root canal. But, if you do continue to feel pain, here are a few tips to help relieve discomfort:
An endodontist is a root canal specialist. Endodontists receive an additional two to three years of specialized training (after dental school) specific to root canal and other dental nerve damage.
At Penn Dental Family Practice, our endodontists are highly skilled in utilizing the latest technologies to diagnose and treat patients. To minimize pain after a root canal procedure, schedule an appointment with an endodontist as soon as your dentist recognizes your need for a root canal.
If you’re still concerned about pain after root canal procedures or need an experienced endodontist, contact Penn Dental today!