Dentist Questions Root Canal Treatment

Will I experience any pain after the root canal?

I'm due for a root canal very soon. Is it possible to have any pain or tenderness in that area after the procedure's done?

5 Answers

It is normal for the tooth to be a little tender to pressure for two to three days after the root canal. You should avoid chewing on anything hard on the tooth until the tooth has been fully restored with a permanent filling or a crown.
Most typically, there is tenderness and soreness in that area. The discomfort can best be handled with Tylenol and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen). A combination of one 500mg Tylenol with 2 Advil (200 mg) every 6-8 hours should be sufficient. However, if the pain is severe, a 9 or 10 on the pain scale or there is excessive swelling, you should call your dentist.
After a root canal procedure, there can be tenderness to touch or bite on the tooth for several days to a week. This is typically mild and depends.
Some people have pain, some will not. No one can predict it for you. Only after the procedure will you know if you had pain. Suggestions to minimize pain:

1) If you can, take one ore two Advil afterward before the anesthetic wears off, or preferably 20 minutes before the root canal.
2) Have your dentist adjust the bite so you don't hit the tooth
3) Make sure your dentist uses proper sterile technique including using a RUBBER DAM to treat you (helps keep things clean and safe)
4) If it is a complicated tooth (multiple canals, severe infection) you may wish to consult an endodontist (root canal specialist).

Good luck.
Not unusual to experience some soreness after RCT. Don't chew on this tooth for a couple of weeks. OTC analgesics (Advil, Tylenol, etc.) will help take the edge off.