Causes of Pain Following a Root Canal

We know that having a root canal is not anyone’s choice on how to spend the day. However, sometimes a root canal is necessary. You may have been in a lot of pain before the root canal, and you may feel a great deal of relief after the procedure is over, because you won’t be in pain.

While a little pain after the procedure is to be expected, if you are still in pain following a root canal, you need to keep reading. You will need to know when pain after a root canal is normal- and when it isn’t.

What Causes The Pain?

Nearly everyone feels a little pain after a root canal procedure, because in order to fix your tooth, an incision has to be made in the tooth in order to clean the pulp and the dentin. By the time a root canal is needed, you may have a serious infection in the tooth, and you may be in a considerable amount of pain. A root canal should relieve the pain and save the tooth. During the cleaning process, you may experience irritated nerves and gums that surround the tooth.

Your tooth may hurt as well. This pain is normal. Of course, we don’t want you to be in pain. We want you to feel better, which means we may give you medication to help with the pain, and we may also give you recommendations to help ease your pain.

However, if your pain gets worse, if you start running a fever, or if you notice swelling in your jaw, you need to call us right away. Sometimes, even trying to clean out the tooth does not solve the problem, and we will need to have a look at the tooth to determine what is wrong.

If you have questions about whether you need a root canal or not, why not give us a call? We would love to talk with you about how root canals are done, or how you can avoid needing a root canal in the first place.