Getting a root canal is often needed when a cavity has gotten to the point of leaving a root of a tooth exposed. When you get a root canal, it can be a painful procedure, however knowing what to expect after the procedure is important, as well. Below is a guide to help you learn what to expect for a few days after you have a root canal done.
Right after you have a root canal done, the tooth will be very sensitive. You need to avoid eating overly hot or overly cold foods for the first few days after the procedure. Making sure your food is at a reasonable temperature will ensure that you do not have to worry about feeling too much sensitivity in the tooth.
You will have gum and mouth pain for a few days after you have a root canal. If your procedure was done in the back of your mouth, your mouth had to be open in an awkward position for quite some time to allow the dentist to do what he or she needed to do. This can cause your jaw to feel sore because it is not used to being open in that position.
Your gums will more than likely be swollen and tender after the procedure. This is because the dentist will be working very close to the gum line when he or she is doing the root canal. The swelling and tenderness should subside on its own, but the dentist may suggest taking a few anti-inflammatory medications to cut down on the swelling and pain you feel.
The gum line may bleed a little bit after you have the procedure done. This is because you will be having a lot of poking and prodding done at the gum line and the gums near a cavity stricken tooth are often very sensitive and tender. When the dentist works on the tooth, the gums may bleed, but that does not mean that anything is majorly wrong.
After a few days from the root canal have passed, you should not feel any more tenderness in the area. If you feel that there is still a lot of pain near or at the tooth that was worked on, you need to see your dentist right away. This could be a sign that the tooth is infected and it will need to be treated right away. If you do not have the infection treated, it could spread to your jawbone, and cause you even more pain and irritation.
I have never liked my teeth. I had a lot of dental problems, including deep staining and oddly shaped teeth. Every tooth did not have the same shape, and some were rounded while others were more square. Not surprisingly, I never smiled in pictures and not even much in real life. This left people thinking I was mean before they even met me. My dentist told me my best bet to improve the look of my smile was a set of porcelain dental veneers. He said they could make all my teeth white and the same shape. I said I wanted them without any hesitation, and we scheduled my procedures. I love my new teeth, and they really did change my life. I created this blog to help other people living with teeth they don't like realize that they do have options that can improve their smiles and their lives.