Root canals are one of the most common dental procedures in the US. They are used to treat infected or damaged teeth and restore your oral health.
Although root canals have a reputation for being a painful procedure, the reality is that thanks to modern dentistry it's actually a relatively quick and painless experience for most patients. However, many patients are still concerned about the recovery time after a root canal.
So, here's how long it might take you to recover after a root canal and what you can do to speed up the process.
As we said, a root canal is usually recommended when you are dealing with a damaged or infected tooth. The dentist will make a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp chamber. Then, they will remove the infected tissue and clean and disinfect the area to prevent any further infection. Finally, they will fill the pulp chamber and root canals with a special material to restore the structural integrity of the tooth. If the hole is too large, the dentist will add a crown to give your tooth its regular appearance and functions back.
Although all this may sound like an invasive procedure, you won't feel anything during root canal therapy. The dentist will numb the area and even use sedation to make the entire experience pain and stress-free.
The recovery time after a root canal depends on several factors, such as:
In most cases, you can expect to experience some level of discomfort and sensitivity for a few days after the procedure. You may notice some swelling too, but all of this is normal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
All the discomfort should subside in about a week after the root canal. However, you can expect a longer healing period if you had a more severe infection or if you had multiple teeth treated.
Here's what you can do to speed up the recovery process and minimize any discomfort or sensitivity.
If you are dealing with a severe toothache that won't go away with OTC medication, you may need to see a dentist right away. At Buckwalter Dental Care, we offer emergency dentistry services and can see you immediately for a consultation and root canal treatment.
Call us at (843) 815-3232, tell us about your problem, and we can guide you. For regular appointments, you can always send us a message online.