Modern medicine has taken the pain out of root canal therapy. Once considered something akin to torture, modern root canals like those performed at Cascade Endodontics in Orem are not much different than getting a cavity filled.
And yet, root canals are major procedures. You’ll be comfortable while it’s done, but afterward a certain amount of pain is normal. The good news is that the pain is only temporary, and can be managed.
For the majority of patients, mild pain and sensitivity begins as the anesthesia administered beforehand starts to wear off. In most cases, over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol provide enough relief. But don’t ever self-medicate: when your procedure is done, we’ll have some recommendations for you.
Root canal pain usually decreases with time. If they don’t, you can give us a call or you can schedule a visit with your primary care physician, who may recommend prescription-strength drugs. These, of course, are a lot stronger than what you get at the store, and are only taken temporarily.
Keep ‘Em Clean
One of the best things you can do is take care of your teeth. That means brushing and flossing. You should be doing that anyway. It’s also a good idea to avoid hard and crunchy foods as you recover. Some patients have even found extra relief with stress-relieving activities like yoga or meditation.
Remember, root canals are meant to relieve the pain from decayed or fractured teeth. Once you’ve fully recovered, you’ll be better than ever! At Cascade Endodontics in Orem we specialize in root canals. Schedule an appointment with us today.
Jon Jenson DDS
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097