What To Expect After A Root Canal Procedure?

What To Expect After A Root Canal Procedure?
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I’m willing to bet you’re reading this because you’ve heard one too many bad things about the root canal procedure. I’m not wrong here, am I?

Lucky for you, today we are going to cover why this procedure gets such a bad rep and why you shouldn’t be afraid – at all, if you follow this advice!

What is a root canal procedure?

First of all – if you’re about to get a root canal procedure done, it most likely means your tooth is under some kind of infection – and it’s causing you pain on a scale from uncomfortable to completely and utterly unbearable. Root canal is the term we use to describe the natural cavity right in the center of our teeth, where usually nerves and the pulp are, also known as the soft tissue. This means that, basically, the soft tissue, the insides, of your tooth need to be taken out in order to save the tooth. After that, your tooth will be properly cleaned, filled with placement because there is now a void where once soft tissue used to be, and ultimately, sealed.

Why does it get such bad reputation?

Yes, this doesn’t sound like a picnic, but it’s also nothing a local anesthetic won’t make so much easier. The real reason people are scared of this routine procedure is because they often times relate the entire experience to the pain they felt right before it was done! And there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just a matter of bad perception. Your tooth is under attack from the inside out – and I can only imagine the pain that comes with that. But the procedure itself is actually pretty standardized and nothing to be worried about. Matter of fact, most of the patients are really surprised that the procedure went without any problems and that they’re actually feeling way better after the anesthetic wears off!

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Another reason could be the cases where the dental care and hygiene have been neglected to the point where any procedure is a risky one and there is a lot of potential for complications. Luckily, those cases are rare, and that still doesn’t make the root canal procedure the bad guy.

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What to expect after the procedure?

Just like with any other invasive procedure – healing period is to be expected. After the reason for the infection is removed, the area around the tooth, as well as the ligaments, still need healing. In about a week or two, all discomfort should be gone and the symptoms should subside. It’s also very important to discuss the outcome of the procedure before it takes place, as well as the after-care instructions that are specific for you and your case.

Eating and biting

It’s completely normal to feel some sensitivity after the procedure is done, so to make things easier for yourself, you might want to start chewing on the opposite side for a while, until you start feeling that the sensitivity is wearing off.

Same goes for the biting. The ligaments surrounding the tooth are very irritated, swollen and sensitive, so if you feel any discomfort, you can try using the other side of your jaw more, until they heal properly.

Medication and antibiotics

In order to prevent a bad habit of routinely prescribing antibiotics for any minor issue, your dentist will only recommend them if it’s necessary under the circumstances. The truth is – not all infected teeth require antibiotics and there’s no need to take them if the situation can be fixed without them. The problem with a common antibiotic treatment is that the decades of their misuse only lead to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, which is a big problem of the 21st century.

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In a perfect world, after the procedure is done, our body reacts really well to the treatment and the result is always a success. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and since the teeth are very sensitive, sometimes even the smallest abscesses can be very persistent. In case anything feels less than right, contact your dentist immediately and consider additional therapy, as well as possible re-treatment or other root end procedures, and remember that there is no one minute fix for anything, let alone a process that could’ve been happening silently in your mouth for months and months.

Follow up treatment

After the root canal procedure has been complete, permanent filling will be placed instead of the soft tissue that was infected. Because the soft tissue is now removed, the tooth can dry out and bristle over time, and because bristle teeth are more prone to fractures, which is something we definitely don’t want now that we’ve finally gotten the situation under control, your dentist might recommend placing a metal crown to prevent any additional damage to the tooth.


As with any other surgical treatment, there are always certain risks and a possibility for complications, so the best way to go is to prevent the infection itself or at least attend the symptoms as early as possible. The thing with teeth infections is that they can often times go unnoticed, that is until it’s too late and the surgical treatment is needed, so proper hygiene and regular check ups with you dentist are the best way to go, resulting in catching the process in the early stages.

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All of these are the reasons root canal procedure has such a bad reputation. Of course, there are teeth that are very sensitive to any kind of treatment, not just the root canal one, and cases where dental care has been close to non-existent, causing a routine procedure so much more complicated. It’s always a good time to mention the importance of regular dentist checkups. As medical professionals, they are trained to notice any activity that is not supposed to be there and react appropriately, and early interventions can even prevent the root canal treatment itself. No time like now to schedule the appointment and save yourself some time worrying about it!

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John D

Joh is the editor at Toothsy.com where we're passionate about you getting the best tips about oral health. There are a lot of questions asked about every detail of this topic and that's where we come in, to answer them as quickly and helpfully as possible for you.

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