Root canal treatment is a fantastic procedure that can potentially save an infected tooth. The procedure is often required when bacteria cause decay and weakens the tooth enamel. If left untreated, an infected tooth can lead to severe consequences. Your dentist or endodontist will recommend a root canal treatment as a safe and effective treatment to maintain a healthy tooth.

Root canal treatment will help save an infected tooth, but with any treatment, patients will need time to recover. Continue reading to learn more about the recovery process.

How long will I feel sore?

Recovering from your root canal treatment is easy and quick – especially if you follow the advice of your endodontist. It is common for patients to experience some soreness within the first 24 to 48 hours of the procedure. Applying an ice pack on the sore area will help reduce the expected swelling after the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication will help with managing immediate pain. Talk to your endodontist if the pain persists after a few days.

Caring for my tooth

Although your tooth may feel sore after the root canal treatment, you should continue daily oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing. With that in mind, do not put tremendous pressure on your sore tooth. Being selective about your diet can hasten your recovery time as well. Avoid hard-to-chew foods and overly hot-or-cold beverages.

How long does recovery take?

Recovering from a root canal treatment is not unlike any other procedure. Naturally, giving your body more time to rest will make your recovery much faster. Avoid strenuous physical activities if possible. In many cases, patients can expect to return to work the following day. However, listen to your body and take more time for recovery if required.

Contact your endodontist

Your endodontist will carefully explain the recovery procedure to you after the treatment. Expect minor soreness and pain that should only last for a few days. We recommend that you contact your endodontist if you continue feeling the following symptoms:

  • Persistent pain after a few days
  • Swelling does not recede after a few days
  • Biting is uncomfortable
  • Experience swelling and pain in your gums
  • Your temporary filling comes out

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