Root Canal Pain Relief & Recovery
How to deal with root canal problems
Root canal treatment is a major dental procedure, which involved cleaning deep inside the inner chamber of your tooth and exposing sensitive nerve endings around the area, so it’s completely normal to experience some pain and soreness for a few days afterwards.
Generally, the pain experienced after a root canal procedure is usually mild enough to be treated with over-the-counter pain relief such as ibuprofen or paracetamol – but be sure to check with your doctor or dentist before taking any new medication and be aware of taking anything that could react with any supplements or prescriptions you already take.
Some other ways that you can help to relieve the pain of a root canal treatment include:
- Applying an ice pack to the area to help to soothe and calm the pain
- Gargling saltwater can help to ease the pain, as well as fighting infection. Simply dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, and gargle for around 5 seconds 2-3 times a day
- Elevating your pillow can help to prevent your gums from throbbing at night
- Avoiding chewing hard foods immediately following the root canal treatment, as this can induce more pain
The soreness after a root canal procedure should usually last no more than 3-5 days; any pain beyond this point may require stronger pain relief or further procedures from your dentist.
How to tell if you have an infection after a root canal procedure
Quite often, the symptoms of an infection that has developed following a root canal treatment are similar to those you may have experienced when you first needed root canal therapy. If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to consult your dentist as soon as possible.
Ongoing pain: Whilst soreness should be expected for the first 3-5 days after a root canal procedure, if the pain continues for over a week, or you begin to notice a significant pain in the tooth itself, it could be a warning sign that the area has become re-infected.
Swelling: Any sign of swelling either inside or outside of your mouth may suggest that the infection is spreading.
Discharge: Any sign of discharge from the area around the treated area may also suggest that an abscess has formed due to reinfection.
How should I deal with a failed root canal?
The first thing you need to do, if you believe that your root canal procedure has not been successful, is to go back to your dentist who should be able to advise as to your next steps. Whilst the majority of root canal treatments are highly successful, avoidable problems can occur if your dentist fails to take the proper care expected. If you believe that your root canal has failed or you have developed an infection that could have been easily prevented, you may be entitled to compensation. At Dental Law Partnership, our team of expert Dental Negligence solicitors are on hand to help you at every step of the way; call us today on 0808 278 8202.