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The Root of the Problem: Why Does Your Tooth Hurt After a Root Canal?

January 12, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — hickoryflat @ 4:46 pm
Man holding his jaw due to pain after a root canal

Experiencing discomfort after a root canal treatment is common, so if you’re going through it now, don’t panic. But do remain vigilant, because while some soreness and sensitivity are expected, extreme or persistent pain may signal underlying issues.

If you want to learn the possible causes of pain after root canal treatment and when to seek out a dentist, continue reading.

1. Inflammation and Swelling

Because of the removal of infected pulp and the cleaning of the root, there may be temporary inflammation and swelling. This may cause soreness or tenderness in the treated area and surrounding gums.

2. Jaw Muscle Overuse

Root canals can take anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to perform. This time difference largely depends on the number of roots and how easy they are to get to. During the procedure, your mouth is open the whole time which may cause some fatigue pain in your jaw joint.

3. Reinfected Tooth

In some cases, a reinfected tooth may be to blame for pain. Even small cracks in the surface of a tooth can allow bacteria to re-enter the treated tooth. This can lead to a second infection and cause discomfort. In a case like this, root canal retreatment may be needed, but only your dentist will know for sure.

4. Incomplete Treatment

If the root canal procedure is not performed thoroughly it can leave infected pulp behind. This usually happens when an additional root is out of sight or unreachable by the dentist. In cases like this, your dentist may need to return to the affected tooth and finish the work.

When You Should Talk to Your Dentist

Some discomfort after root canal treatment is normal, but certain symptoms may call for immediate attention from your dentist. Contact your dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe or worsening pain that persists beyond a few days after the procedure.
  • Swelling or inflammation that increases in size or does not resolve.
  • Persistent sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures.
  • Fever or signs of infection, such as swelling, redness, or discharge.
  • Difficulty or pain when biting or chewing.

Learning about the possible causes of pain after root canal treatment and knowing when to contact your dentist is important. You shouldn’t want to worry for no reason, but you may need additional treatment to ensure a smooth recovery. Use your best judgment when evaluating yourself, and don’t hesitate to reach out to your dentist for guidance and relief.

About the Practice

Having trouble after a recent root canal? Come on into Dentistry at Hickory Flat. Their team of expert dental professionals can evaluate you with modern dental technology and alleviate your pain through customized treatment. Call (770) 213-8166 to schedule a root canal consultation or visit the website to learn more.

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