Root Canal Pain

Root canal treatments become necessary when the tooth is so far gone that the internal structures of the tooth have been compromised. The internal tooth pulp and dentine layers underneath the enamel become infected, and there is no way to cure them, they must be removed. This almost always means that the tooth will die. But a dead tooth is better than no tooth, and a dead tooth can continue to serve its function for years if maintained properly. This article is dedicated to the pain associated with root canal treatments. 

Pain that will end in a root canal

Root canal treatments are the most frequently used emergency procedures. Why? Because they are terribly painful, and patients who come in needing a root canal have teeth that are in such bad shape that not getting it treated is simply not an option any longer. Root canals are needed when the infection has spread up the tooth, and is affecting the nerve. After killing the tooth, the pain will be gone and after a course of antibiotics and extensive drilling into the actual roots of the teeth, the bacterial infection will be gone too, ensuring that the pain does not return. Pain that is very sharp and unbearable will almost always result in a root canal. A tooth that is already dead and is causing pain will also need to be root canaled, if not extracted. Teeth that have previously been filled but hurt almost always need a root canal. Teeth that sometimes hurt periodically but can be ignored will eventually flare up with pain that does not cease, and that is so intense that it is crippling, and root canal treatments are used to treat these cases as well.

Pain after a root canal treatment

Once the root canal treatment is done, the patient should feel a definite relief. The throbbing, internal pain and tightness associated with an infection in the tooth roots should be gone, and the heat that comes with it should also have passed. But, sadly, that does not mean that the pain is gone for good. The mouth, jaws and teeth can be quite sore and sensitive for days after a root canal treatment. 

Pain in the and around the tooth is normal. The tooth itself is dead, but the nerve that goes underneath the teeth will still be alive, and the pain can radiate to other teeth. The gums themselves can be sore and damaged, and this can also cause pain, particularly if something hard like nuts or the crust of bread comes into contact with it, but just the pressure of biting into something can be too much for a few days. Make sure you invest in some pain medication. If you have pain that is akin to the pain you had before getting the root canal treatment (tightness, hot, sharp pains), that means you still have the bacterial infection, and the antibiotic root filling is doing its magic. If the pain is too much, contact your dentist and have the root canal cleaned out and a new filling put in, or get some stronger medication prescribed.

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