Regular dental visits are necessary to maintain your oral health. In the US, however, about 23 percent of people from all backgrounds are afraid of dental procedures, particularly a root canal treatment. This anxiety may be based on someone else’s experience of the same procedure.
As endodontists in Lone Tree, Colorado, we understand the apprehension over this procedure. But know that dental technology has improved the way root canal is done. Our clinic uses innovative digital imaging, ultrasonic tools, and other technologies to ensure the success of your procedure. We also take the time to explain the procedure, making sure you have all the information you need to feel comfortable.
But what happens after your procedure?
Post-Root Canal Recovery and Discomfort
Like most dental procedures, medication will be used to numb your mouth. Once it’s done, the medication will start to wear off. Expect to feel some discomfort for a few days, like tenderness where you had the procedure. Your jaw may also feel mildly sore because you’ve held your mouth open for a long period.
The sensitivity you feel after a root canal treatment is because of a swollen or inflamed tissue surrounding your gums. Small nerves in the tissue and ligaments are still present in your gums despite the removal of the tooth’s nerve root.
The discomfort usually subsides after a few days. You’ll get instructions for post-treatment care to improve your condition. You may also take over-the-counter pain relievers to ease the discomfort. These medications may make you feel drowsy, so it’s important to take them with caution.
What if the Discomfort Persists for a Long Time?
If the discomfort did not go away despite the medications, you need to see us. This is especially when you experience these symptoms:
- Visible swelling both inside and outside your mouth
- Your bite feels uneven
- Symptoms prior to treatment return
- The temporary filling or crown comes out
In rare cases, root canal treatment can be unsuccessful for a variety of reasons. For instance, poor oral hygiene can damage the treatment, which can cause more problems. If this happens to you, we would recommend root canal retreatment.
Retreatment procedure is also essential if there is an extra canal in the tooth that wasn’t seen during the first procedure. This procedure, however, is not only for unsuccessful treatments. Problems, including new decay and broken crown or filling, may occur even with successful treatments, putting treated teeth in jeopardy.
Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Maintaining oral health does not only give you a brighter smile. Proper oral hygiene is also vital for your overall health and wellbeing. Your mouth may contain bacteria that may cause gum disease and tooth decay. Studies show oral health can contribute to different health complications, such as endocarditis, and cardiovascular disease.
Regular checkups and practicing oral hygiene can maintain your oral health. With a visit to our clinic, we can detect problems early on and provide solutions to prevent them from getting worse.
For endodontic treatments, like root canal, we make sure to alleavite your anxiety all throughout. Part of achieving this is using innovative tools to ensure accurate diagnosis and technologies to reduce discomfort. The other part involves Dr. Andrew Stubbs providing a caring and comfortable treatment.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.