Root Canal Post Op

What to Expect After A Root Canal

Root canals are very common. Thanks to new techniques and new anesthetics they are no longer the horrible experience that people expect.

Following root canal treatment, even though there is no longer a nerve inside the tooth, it is common for the tooth to be sensitive to bite on for as much as seven to ten days. The reason for this is that the nerves in the ligament that hold the tooth in the bone are still present. The pain should be manageable with light pain medication like ibuprophen (Advil, Motrin) or aspirin. Tylenol is generally not as effective.

If pain cannot be managed with light pain medication, if there is swelling or throbbing, or if symptoms generally worsen, please contact us. You may need antibiotics and stronger pain medication or additional treatment.