Is it normal to have pain after a root canal?
It is normal to have a slight pain after a root canal. This is because during root canal treatment, the dentist will use anesthetic, instruments, etc. to treat the tooth. During the treatment process, the instruments cause slight damage to the gums and trigger pain. Some patients’ teeth have an allergic reaction to the anesthetic and the tooth swells and hurts after the procedure because of the allergy. However, these minor painful phenomena will disappear within three days. If the pain disappears within three days, patients should not worry.
Is the root canal procedure painful?
Root canal treatment is a complex procedure. Usually, the dentist will perform it in steps. Each step has the potential to produce pain. There are individual differences in the degree of pain.
Duration of pain during root canal treatment
Duration of drug pain
The dentist drills the tooth surface and places medications. These medications are divided into acute medications and chronic medications. They work in the same way, the medication “deactivates” the pulp of the tooth, but the degree of pain is different. Acute medications can deactivate the pulp within a day, so the tooth will feel severe pain. However, the pain will disappear after a day. Chronic medications are less painful, but the pain can last up to 7 days.
Duration of treatment pain
During root canal treatment, the dentist removes the pulp of the tooth. Because the pulp may not be completely inactive, the tooth will be painful when the dentist touches it with instruments. This pain has a continuation and can bother the patient for up to two days after treatment.
Duration of pain after root canal treatment
After the root canal treatment is completed, the dentist will ask the patient if he or she wants to wear the crown. If the patient does not want to wear it, the dentist will fill the tooth with a resin material. It takes 24 hours for the resin to set and for the new tooth to keep grinding. At this time, the patient will experience pain when chewing food.
Post-root canal pain is short-lived and will not affect the outcome of the root canal treatment. Patients should keep these signs in mind and if the pain is mild and short-lived, patients should not pay attention to it. Within three days, the pain will go away on its own. In some people with sensitive gums, mild pain can last up to seven days, but the pain will slowly diminish. If the pain is severe, the dentist can only help you with the problem.