Tooth pain after root canal treatment: why and what to do?


Have you recently undergone a root canal treatment, but the tooth still hurts? Why is that, and what should you do about it?

Root canal treatment is a routinely performed dental treatment that aims to save a damaged and painful tooth. It is performed to deal with a painful tooth that can result from dental decay or trauma. Root canal treatment involves opening the tooth’s core, cleaning, and removing the dental pulp from the tooth’s root. Later, the root is filled with the help of root filling material, and the top portion is restored with the help of dental fillings or crown.

However, a tooth may sometimes be painful even after a root canal treatment has been completed. This can happen due to multiple reasons. The most common cause is residual inflammation. If you have had a heavily infected tooth treated, it may pain for a few days, even after treatment. Antibiotics and painkillers are advised in such cases. However, the pain will eventually go away once the post-treatment inflammation goes away. 

Another reason you may experience tooth pain post root canal treatment is infection. The pain may persist if a root canal treatment is improperly or incompletely done. Such cases constitute a dental emergency and need immediate dental attention. A large filling post-treatment can also be a source of pain. 

A root canal treated teeth may be painful if the tissues surrounding the tooth are irritated or damaged during the treatment process. Sometimes, root canal instruments may reach further down than the root end, wounding the surrounding tissues. If over instrumentation is done, the tooth can become sensitive and painful. Such cases also require immediate dental attention. 

If you are suffering from pain even after root canal treatment, please contact us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants right away. Our team of excellent dental professionals will be there to assist you. 

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