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Pain related to Root canal treatment

After your root canal treatment, you might experience some tenderness or sensitivity. This discomfort can last for up to a few days after your procedure. It’s rare, however, to experience prolonged sensitivity after a root canal. But, if you do continue to feel pain, here are a few tips to help relieve discomfort:

  • Call your dentist if you continue to experience pain after your procedure.

  • Apply an ice pack to soothe and calm the pain.

  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as Ibuprofen to help relieve pain and reduce swelling.

  • Try a saltwater gargle. Saltwater can help fight infection after root canals and ease the pain. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, and gargle two to three times a day.

  • · Sleep with elevated pillows. Elevating your head prevents your gums and nerves from throbbing.

Importance of crown or cap after root canal treatment:

  • Restore a Fragile Tooth

  • A tooth can turn more fragile after the root canal treatment due to tooth-drilling, cavity or infection. A durable dental crown can protect this tooth and make it long-lasting while preventing any damage.

  • Protect a Tooth from Sensitivity

  • Following root canal therapy, some of the existing nerves may develop extra sensitivity to heat and cold which can be very uncomfortable. This is another reason why a dental crown is needed to protect a tooth after the root canal procedure.

  • Retain a Natural-Looking Color

  • Some teeth change color after a root canal treatment. If a tooth appears grayed or deeply stained, a dental crown can offer a more natural appearance and whiter shade to match the remaining teeth.

  • Prevent Infections

  • The affected tooth surface is at a higher risk of infection and contamination post a root canal therapy. A dental crown will protect the tooth by sealing it off from dangerous leakage to avoid recontamination so that you do not need to undergo a tooth extraction.

  • Provide a Back-Up Security

  • A tooth that previously had a filling due to extensive decay and got chipped or fractured before the root canal treatment, or if it’s in a high traffic area should necessarily be restored with a dental crown.


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