News & resources

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Root Canal Procedure?

Root canal treatment

Do you have pulsating pain, and your dentist has recommended a root canal treatment? Do you have any reservations about the process? We realize that root canal treatments can be frightening for some folks because they are often needed when you are in pain as well as being an invasive procedure. But don’t worry; we’ll assist you by guiding you through each stage.  Our root canal experts at Peace of Mind Dental Studio use the most up-to-date dental equipment and advanced technology to enable higher efficacy in root canal treatments.

What is a root canal treatment?

A tooth’s decay can lead to bacteria eating away and weakening the enamel, reducing the tooth’s ability to protect its nerves. Painful, untreated decay can lead to an infection by damaging the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue of the teeth. When the infection invades the tooth pulp and tooth root, a root canal treatment is necessary to eliminate the infection and prevent tooth loss and other problems.  Another reason a tooth may need root canal therapy is due to trauma or cracks in teeth extending into the vital pulp tissue deep within the tooth.

Root canal therapy is a safe and effective procedure to remove dental infection and preserve the quality of a patient’s teeth.

When do we need a root canal treatment?

If you experience any of the following signs, you may well need a root canal

  • When chewing or biting, you may experience pain.
  • Constant inflammation.
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity, even when not eating or drinking.
  • Foul breath problems
  • Lymphatic node or facial swelling
  • A fever is evident.

Even though any of these signs may suggest a root canal illness, only your root canal expert in Chandler can diagnose your condition and plan your treatment.

How does root canal treatment work?

An infected tooth should only undergo root canal treatment if no other treatment can cure it. A root canal is required if a tooth’s dental pulp or soft tissue becomes infected. Before the surgery, your dentist in Chandler will give you an anesthetic to numb the mouth in the area being treated. After the anesthetic does its job, the dentist drills a hole in the top of the teeth, removing the diseased tissue and disinfecting the tooth’s interior. After that, the region is refilled with a rubberized biocompatible material before the opening is closed. A few days later, the dentist places a dental crown or a long-lasting filling to safeguard the tooth.

How long does it take to recover from a root canal?

Most individuals need a few days to recuperate after a root canal treatment in Chandler. For the first 24 to 48 hours after the surgery, the individual may experience discomfort or pain. Your dentist in Chandler should provide over-the-counter pain medicine to alleviate discomfort and inflammation. Also, a cold compress can assist in addressing these problems and speeding up recovery time. Keep up with your daily oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing, even during the recovery period. Until the dental crown or filling is placed, do not apply pressure to the treated tooth or chew with it.

However, after a root canal treatment, if you continue to feel the following symptoms, contact your root canal expert in Chandler: 

  • Your bite remains painful.
  • if after one or two nights, the puffiness does not go down.
  • The filling is removed.
  • You continue to have swelling or discomfort in your gums as you had before the therapy.

Do you often have concerns about getting a root canal treatment, or do you plan to have one soon? Call Peace of Mind Dental Studio at 480-608-5444 or schedule an appointment online.

Written by Dr. Silverman

Dr. Silverman is the co-founder of Peace of Mind Dental, a Chandler Arizona, general dentistry practice.