Advances in the industry have standardized root canal well past the old stigmas. Still, some people still associate root canal therapy with traumatic stress and unbearable pain. In a significant majority of cases, this doesn’t happen and patients experience effortless recovery. If you experienced pain before your procedure, that alone is the biggest indicator of postoperative pain. It’s very unlikely your procedure will induce new pain, and even if it does, this is no indication something went wrong.
You can expect some mild bleeding and swelling, so use the gauze the dentist gave you. You can control most of the discomfort with regular pain reliever, in recommended doses.
Any discomfort that arises after your root canal is probably related to the root itself. Sometimes a dentist will inadvertently nick a ligament with a tool, or the rubber dam used to cover the surrounding teeth will pinch the adjoining gum tissue. This tenderness or awkwardness should go away within a few hours. If not, our expert in root canal in Van Nuys recommends you use a saltwater rinse every three to four hours until relief is achieved.
Make sure you get plenty of rest, remember to hydrate, and don’t chew on the affected tooth until it’s comfortable to do so.
For more, contact your Van Nuys dentists.