Posted on 9/25/2015 by Giri Palani
|Root canal therapy is a fairly straightforward procedure, and you shouldn't experience any problems after. However, it is important to properly care for your mouth following your root canal in order to achieve the fastest possible healing and to prevent future problems.
Dealing with Soreness and Discomfort
For the first few days following your root canal, it is entirely possible that you might feel some soreness or discomfort, so you shouldn't be alarmed. This is simply part of your body's natural healing process. Your jaw might also feel sore because of keeping your mouth open for an extended period of time during the procedure. These symptoms are all temporary and will go away on their own after a few days, but if you need a little help, try some over-the-counter pain medication. If your dentist does prescribe narcotic painkillers, be sure to use them as directed, and remember that they might make you drowsy.
Do's and Don'ts of Post-Treatment Care
If you recently went through a root canal procedure, or if you have one scheduled in the near future, keep these following guidelines in mind:
What to Do in the Event of Non-Healing
Fortunately, root canals are highly effective, and the success rate is somewhere around 95%. When a root canal doesn't heal, this is generally referred to as "non-healing." Like all medical procedures, there will be scenarios in which root canals don't heal, and you can determine non-healing by experiencing mild to severe pain longer than anticipated. In other cases, you might not experience any symptoms, but the changes indicated on your dental X-rays will suggest non-healing.
Non-healing is typically caused by one of two factors:
In the event of non-healing, your dentist will likely wait to see what happens, and if medication and time fails to resolve the problem, a repeat root canal, surgical cleaning of the bone near the root tip, or extraction will be recommended.
Please contact us if you have any questions about root canals.