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Because the procedure is considered major dental work, some degree of root canal pain can be expected afterwards. Overall however root canal therapy is intended to prevent dental pain and discomfort s the pain shouldn’t linger longer than a few days after your root canal procedure. Let’s have a look at what could be considered normal, and when you should get medical help.

Root Canal Pain: What To Expect After The Procedure

Many years ago root canals were known to be very painful but thanks to advances in modern dentistry this is no longer the case. Administering anaesthetic makes a major difference during the procedure, while your dentist is cleaning the pulp of your tooth out.

Pain Management Tips After Root Canal

  • Pain after root canal is usually mild, if experienced at all, and can generally be managed using over-the-counter medications for pain relief. In the rare event that over-the-counter medication does not work, you could ask your dentist for a prescription.
  • Avoid chewing and eating on the side of your mouth that was worked on. it’s normal to experience sensitivity, and this can be avoided by using the other side of your mouth.

A good rule of thumb is to expect the pain to decrease in the days after your procedure. Remember also that many patients may need two sessions with their dentist to remove all traces of infection. If you are experiencing recurring or worsening pain, it may be a sign that you need another cleaning.

Speak to your dentist about other management strategies you could employ for pain relief – for example, some patients find that quitting smoking makes a really big difference to their pain and discomfort while others find dietary modifications to eliminate hard or crunchy foods brings welcome relief.

Still concerned about root canal pain? Please contact us immediately for assistance: (02) 4208 0638.

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