Root canal therapy is considered a major dental procedure, which means that pain and swelling are completely normal. It entails deep cleaning of the infected root canal’s interior, which could irritate the surrounding gums and nerves. Recovering from a root canal is immensely critical to the success of the procedure.
Following your procedure, your dentist in Cary Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, Dr. Joey Pesicek, Dr. Vic Turner, or Dr. Kirk Wilkie, will provide you with specific instructions for your recovery.
Top Tips for a Safe and Easy Recovery
As the anesthesia used for numbing your mouth during root canal therapy wears off, expect to feel tenderness around the root canal site for several days. You will likewise experience some slight soreness in the jaw, which is no surprise because your mouth was open for a long time during the root canal. In most cases, people find relief from these symptoms with OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medications. Otherwise, your dentist can prescribe more potent prescription medications.
When to Visit Your Dentist
Besides the scheduled follow-up checkups with your dentist in Cary, NC, contact your dentist right away if you’re having any of these symptoms:
- Visible swelling of the treated area and/or outside your mouth
- Severe pressure or pain that persists for more than several days
- An uneven bite
- If applicable, the temporary dental filling or crown becomes loose or comes off
- A return of the symptoms that you’ve already experienced before root canal therapy
For Questions, Concerns, or Advice on Root Canal Therapy, Speak to Us
Schedule a meeting with your dentists here at Cary Implant and General Dentistry in Cary, NC, Dr. Joey Pesicek, Dr. Vic Turner, or Dr. Kirk Wilkie, by calling (919) 481-0330.