A root canal procedure is actually a surgery. Your dentist will have made an incision under the tooth to remove the diseased tooth pulp. Naturally, where there has been an incision and poking around in areas that are very close to the nerve ends, there is bound to be some pain. As expected, most people will complain of toothache after root canal. And unlike toothache caused by decay or infection, this toothache is actually a form of tooth sensitivity and the most you can do is take care of the pain and let the tooth heal itself eventually.
However, the thing to note here is that since the tooth is going to be extra-sensitive – in addition to the pain –you need to be extra careful. A number of things can actually make the pain worse. And that is something you will surely not want to do! So, to that end, here are…
A few precautions to take to not increase the pain
- The tooth is going to be quite tender, especially the tissues right under and around it – so have soft food right after the procedure and for as long as your dentist asks you to. Also, try to eat with the other side of the mouth as much as possible.
2. Anything hard you eat will not only irritate the area further and increase the pain; it can also cause the tooth to fracture. And make sure you do not use the affected tooth to chew!
3. The dentist will do a final restoration of the tooth after a root canal. For whatever reason, if the dentist has delayed that till the next appointment, you need to be extra careful with that area of your mouth till the next appointment – because not just the tooth, but also the area around is prone to cracking or damage.
4. Also, till the complete restoration is done, your tooth is prone to infection again, so albeit carefully, but remember to brush and floss according to your regular schedule.
This is all that you need to know about toothache after root canal. Basically, when you follow the above precautions then the pain should stay a few days, but eventually it will subside. In the meantime you can make the most of any number of
toothache home remedies
(though ideally you should ask your dentist first). Or you can take an O-T-C painkiller if the pain is that bad. But if after a few days, the pain still persists, then you’d better get yourself to the dentist’s once again. It could indicate that the procedure wasn’t successful – and in that case, going through the pain of incision again is a better option than having to live with this pain!