How Painful is a Root Canal?

Dr. Khuong Nguyen

October 18, 2022


Frequently, root canals are used to treat a tooth that is sore and has not responded to standard treatment. As a result, they could cause slight damage to the gum tissue surrounding the tooth. Additionally, pain may be felt in the face, jaw, and bone surrounding the tooth. Among the additional reasons for toothache are cavities and damaged fillings. Occasionally, tooth discomfort results from a sinus infection that has spread to the tooth.

Minor trauma to surrounding gum tissue during a root canal

A root canal is performed when the pulp tissue inside the tooth has been infected or is not responding to treatment. Root canals are narrow, forked passageways that are deep within the tooth. They contain nerves, blood vessels, and the soft “pulp” inside the tooth. During treatment, minor trauma to surrounding gum tissue can occur. If the procedure is performed improperly, the tooth could become infected again.

Dental trauma generally occurs when the tooth is damaged or knocked out. Therefore, seeking immediate treatment after a knockout or dislodged tooth is important. Failure to seek treatment could result in root resorption, a process in which the body rejects the tooth. In addition, proper dental care will help the surrounding tissues heal.

Recovery time after a root canal

The recovery time after a root canal varies depending on the type of procedure, but it generally lasts a week or less. During the first couple of days after the procedure, you may experience some discomfort and inflammation. This will eventually subside, and you should be able to resume normal activities. However, you should pay close attention to any signs of infection to ensure you don’t need additional treatment.

A root canal procedure causes minor discomfort during recovery, but the pain is usually mild and can be managed by over-the-counter medications and regular oral hygiene. For the first 24 to 48 hours following the procedure, patients are encouraged to take a mild pain reliever and avoid hard foods. Maintaining proper oral hygiene after the procedure is important to avoid future root canal procedures.

Pain relief options after a root canal

Anti-inflammatory medication is one of the best pain relief options after a root canal. Anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen, or Advil, work by reducing inflammation, which causes pain. These types of medications can be taken over the counter or prescribed. They can help with the pain, but you should check with your doctor to ensure they are safe. Avoid chewing on hard objects after the procedure is also a good idea, as this may exacerbate the pain.

While taking ibuprofen right after a root canal may seem like a good idea, it can only provide temporary relief. You must take the medication for three to four days to feel any significant reduction in pain. You can also take the painkiller Orajel, which contains benzocaine, to numb your gums.

Treatment rate

The treatment rate of a root canal varies from case to case. The success rate is generally around 95%, though some patients experience more pain than others. This can be due to the curved shape of the root or complex canal anatomy. Fortunately, most root canal patients can drive home after the procedure, and the pain is generally not severe. However, some people experience significant pain after the procedure and may require a day off work to recover.

A root canal procedure is a treatment used to treat an infected tooth. The tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are located within the canal, the inner part of the tooth. A deep cavity or physical trauma to the face can cause a tooth to become infected and require root canal therapy. The dental pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth and contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. Without healthy blood flow, the tooth may fracture.

Downtime after a root canal

The downtime after a root canal procedure will vary based on the severity of the treatment. Some patients can drive themselves home immediately after the procedure. Others may need a day off from work. Those with public speaking or public-facing jobs may want to take an extra day. Otherwise, they can go about their normal daily routines. In addition to avoiding hot or sticky liquids, people with root canals should avoid chewing directly on the treated tooth until the final restoration is complete.

Although some people experience extreme pain after root canal treatments, this discomfort is usually only temporary. The recovery time is similar to after dental fillings and crowns. However, patients should pay close attention to their oral health and symptoms to help them heal properly. While temporary pain after a root canal is completely normal, persistent pain can indicate an infection or other problem that a dentist should address immediately.