Many patients who are facing root canal treatment express concerns about the discomfort associated with the procedure. Unfortunately, patients tend to think that root canals are particularly painful, which generally turns out not to be the case. However, you may experience some tenderness around the treated tooth for 3-5 days following the procedure. Often it is possible to manage this discomfort using over-the-counter painkillers, or the endodontist can prescribe a stronger painkiller if necessary.
If you experience persistent or unusually severe pain, it may indicate a problem. In such cases, you should follow up with the endodontist as soon as possible to see what additional treatment might be necessary.
In order to further limit your risk of extended discomfort, you should closely follow the instructions provided by your endodontist for your self-care at home after the procedure. Be sure to take good care of the treated tooth as directed to reduce the likelihood of complications that could cause discomfort.
Your provider will take all necessary steps to minimize your discomfort during the procedure, as well. Local anesthetic will be administered prior to treatment. Most patients describe the treatment itself as no more painful than having a cavity filled.
Many patients need root canal therapy to eliminate an infection in the innermost portion of the tooth, which triggers sensitive nerve endings and causes major pain. As such, patients find a noticeable decrease or even elimination of their discomfort after successful root canal treatment.
Patients who are anticipating root canal treatment should be reassured that any discomfort resulting from the procedure is likely to be relatively mild and resolve within several days. There’s no need for a root canal to significantly disrupt your regular routine or interfere with your quality of life. Talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members at Access Endodontics to get the facts on root canal treatment so that you know what to expect.