Are you experiencing pain after a root canal? Are you concerned that the pain you are experiencing might be a sign that something went wrong with the procedure? How can you tell if the pain is something to dismiss or something you should pay attention to?
It is common to experience some pain after a root canal. Root canals are rather invasive; after all, the oral surgeon had to remove the root of the tooth, which goes deep into your gums. Your gum tissue surrounding the tooth may be quite sore because of all the agitation; it may swell and become quite sensitive. Your oral surgeon probably prescribed you a pain medication or recommended you take ibuprofen for a couple days.
Immediately after a root canal, you will want to baby that side of your mouth altogether. Chew on the other side of your mouth to give that side a chance to heal. You may even want to sleep on the other side of your face so you don't aggravate the irritated gums. You may have a sore jaw from holding your mouth open during the procedure, and you may have a headache from the stress involved.
While this mild pain and discomfort is common, you should not be experiencing severe pain, severe swelling, pain that lasts more than a couple days or a fever. If your pain gets worse instead of better after two full days, you will want to talk to your oral surgeon or dentist about possible root canal complications. If you experience flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and swelling of the lymph nodes, come in and ask about possible bacterial infection or the need for an apicoectomy. This is a surgical solution to infection.
In most cases, your pain and discomfort can be solved through something simple like the prescription of oral antibiotics, the addition of a crown to seal a fractured tooth or the filing of an uneven tooth surface. However, you'll want to see your dentist to make sure you are not dealing with a serious problem if the pain is persistent or intense.