Dealing With Pain Following A Root Canal

Getting a root canal is daunting for many people, but the procedure itself is usually not a painful process. After a root canal you may experience some pain and discomfort. Pain often presents itself within a few hours or days of the procedure. Here are ways you can manage your pain following a root canal.

Be careful what you eat or drink

If your tooth or surrounding gum tissue following a root canal is tender, eating and drinking can be difficult. Limit your exposure to hot or cold drinks, since they can jar your nerves and send mild impulses of pain from the treated area. Avoid putting things in your mouth that are too hard or require a lot of chewing, such as:

  • chewing gum
  • nuts and seeds
  • salad
  • crackers and bread
  • cold cereal

Lukewarm water and mild foods, such as warm soup, cooled oatmeal, or even pasta can be easier to consume and help limit the pressure placed on your teeth when eating. If you have difficulty chewing or swallowing anything at all, consult with your dentist to see if any further pain management is needed.

Consider pain management

Your dentist may prescribe you an antibiotic to assist with infection if your tooth was abscessed, and this can help with the inflammation of your gum tissue. Along with an antibiotic, your dentist may suggest you take an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. If your pain is moderate, they can prescribe you a mild painkiller to help you manage your discomfort for a few days while your tooth heals. Other pain management treatments you can do at home include:

  • ice packs for swelling
  • tea tree oil to keep infection at bay
  • warm teas for comfort and relaxation, such as chamomile, peppermint, or catnip
  • elevating your head when lying down to reduce pressure and increase blood flow

If your pain persists even with treatment or gets worse, contact your dentist right away. Infection or damage to your tooth may be present and require further dental attention.

Getting a root canal doesn't have to be a painful process, but you may feel some discomfort once you get home. With the help of your dentist, you can find ways to manage your pain and help your tooth and gums heal. Always consult with your dentist if you are unable to manage your pain on your own so your mouth can heal properly. Contact a dentist for more information