Postoperative discomfort is sometimes experienced after root canal treatment. This is due to irritation of the bone surrounding the tooth and can range from mild discomfort in the area to an occasional episode of considerable pain. Usually, this discomfort is maximized in about 48-72 hours and then goes away. There are a few reasons why you may experience some pain even though your tooth nerve has been removed during root canal therapy.
First, the surrounding nerves in nearby ligaments and tissues may be swollen or inflamed, which can cause some discomfort and pain. Most people report feeling a little sensitive or tender for a few days after undergoing root canal treatment. Three to five days after the procedure, the pain should go away. General discomfort around the tooth can last a few weeks and be most evident when flossing, brushing, or eating.
In limited cases, patients may experience persistent post-operative discomfort. If you have persistent complaints, contact your endodontist for follow-up. Remember that a little pain after a root canal is normal and you may feel discomfort for several days afterwards. This is rare, but a small air bubble can also be expelled from the tip of the root, causing pressure and pain.
Root canals can fail due to dental error, structural abnormality, or unexpected development. If the root tip was infected before root canal treatment, there's probably room for a little excess cement and you'll never know it's too full. You need repeat root canal treatment, preferably at Evanson DDS, where the experienced dental team uses state-of-the-art procedures to correct these types of errors. In addition, root canal therapy requires the use of sharp dental instruments to clean the root canal.
A person who has undergone root canal treatment will need to visit the dentist again to have the temporary filling removed. If you have recently had root canal treatment at Smillie Dental, it's normal for you to experience some pain and discomfort as you heal. Other culprits of a failed root canal include traumatic dental injury, blockage, or salivary contamination. New technologies and anesthetics help ensure that the endodontic procedure is as comfortable as possible.
Over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers should be enough to relieve pain after root canal treatment. It is possible to overfill a root canal with dental cement, causing some of the material to come off the root tip. In rare cases, some solution may leak through the tip of the root, causing immediate pain, even with the area still numb. The process of having root canal treatment won't hurt at all, but as you begin to heal and recover after root canal surgery, you may feel some pain and discomfort.
If the cause of the pain is due to a lack of a canal, the endodontist will need to open the tooth, remove the filling, and try to find the canal.