Root canals get a bad rap. While the conditions that necessitate a root canal are usually painful, the treatment uses anesthesia and therefore is entirely painless. It’s normal to feel some pain after a root canal procedure, but most patients are relieved by how quickly their root canaled tooth feels better.
Still, if you’re experiencing pain after your root canal procedure, follow these tips:
- To make sure you don’t bite into your cheek or tongue, avoid eating solid foods until the numbness in your mouth has worn off.
- Avoid particularly crunchy, tough or hard foods.
- Consider sticking to a mostly-liquid diet until you feel relief.
- Try not to chew or bite on the treated tooth or teeth until it’s been fully restored.
- Control tenderness and sensitivity with over-the-counter pain medications.
- Apply an ice pack to control pain concentrated to a specific site or area.
- Gargle with salt water up to three times a day to manage pain and keep your mouth clean.
- Take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor to prevent infection.
Here at integratedDENTAL, our team performs root canals using state-of-the-art instrumentation — so we can perform the root canal procedure faster than ever before. This technique also eliminates the drilling noise, making your root canal experience much more pleasant.