We knowâ€¦just hearing the words â€œroot canal therapyâ€ is enough to make your hair stand on end, right?
Itâ€™s a procedure thatâ€™s taken on a reputation for being an uncomfortable and painful experience.
But that doesnâ€™t necessarily have to be the case.
Pain After Root Canal Therapy â€“ Whatâ€™s â€˜Normalâ€™?
Whatâ€™s a â€˜normalâ€™ amount of pain to be in after having a root canal treatment in Rapid City?
Thatâ€™s a good question to start with, and the answer (unfortunately) is a little tricky.
Everyoneâ€™s pain threshold is slightly different, and one personâ€™s agony is another personâ€™s discomfort. With that being said, itâ€™s often difficult when patients ask us whatâ€™s normal and whatâ€™s not, since every case and every person is so different.
What you can be sure about though, is that root canal therapy doesnâ€™t have to be agony. In fact, itâ€™s usually surprisingly pain-free.
Techniques and technology are adapting and changing constantly, and with modern-day anesthetic a good dentist can do a lot to minimize pain and discomfort for a patient both during and after the treatment.
In the days after a successful root canal treatment, itâ€™s normal to feel some mild sensitivity or extra tenderness around the treated area and this is usually due to inflammation in the gums following the treatment.
Inflammation is the bodyâ€™s natural healing response, and itâ€™s perfectly normal to expect some degree of swelling in the gums in the days after.
The good news is, that swelling should decrease reasonably quickly and leave you with an overall far healthier mouth thatâ€™s free of infection within a week.
Minimizing Root Canal Therapy Pain
Having root canal therapy is rarely more painful than the infection that caused you to need the therapy in the first place.
A lot of the pain we see patients associating with the treatment process is actually more due to the infection in the pulp of the tooth and soon eases once the root canal therapy is applied.
Here are some helpful tips that will help you minimize the pain as much as possible.
Find a good dentist
When it comes to minimizing pain during dental procedures â€“ particularly complex ones like root canal therapy â€“ choosing the right dentist can make all the difference.
Here at Rushmore Dental, our dentists are highly trained with years of experience and clinical expertise.
Weâ€™ve helped hundreds of patients over the years to save thousands of teeth by delivering effective root canal therapy in Rapid City.
Get it treated early
The most difficult thing we witness at our Rapid City dental surgery practice is people who have left themselves in unnecessary suffering for too long. Successful roots canal treatment is much better with early treatment.
Seeking expert dental advice as early as possible can make a huge difference in the level of pain a patient has to go through.
Donâ€™t make yourself suffer unnecessarily. Make an appointment to see our Rapid City dentist today and treat that toothache before it becomes a problem.
When an infection is left unchecked and untreated, it almost always will only get worse. That means more pain and more unnecessary suffering.
Reach out and say hello today, and weâ€™ll make you an appointment to sit down with one of our expert dentists for a consultation. Weâ€™re here to help.
You can also find out more about our root canal therapy treatment options here.