A root canal gets to the root of the problem — which is a damaged or infected tooth. The procedure removes the tooth's damaged area (the pulp), then cleans, disinfects, fills, and seals it. Your dental professional will perform a root canal when certain problems are present to prevent pain and to prevent developing an abscess. Some root canal procedures have complications. Here is a list of reasons you might need to have the tooth retreated:
- An inflammation or infection — leading to tooth decay.
- A cracked tooth
- A continued need to treat the area
Often, the recovery period doesn’t last too long, and the pain recedes quicker than you imagine.
How is The Pain After A Root Canal?
With the complexity of the repair — pain and discomfort following the procedure are common. It could be dull or sometimes sharp, but you shouldn’t be bedridden. If the pain begins to subside but then returns, it's possible that there may be additional removal of the infected tooth nerve needed or other possible complications following your root canal. Be sure to contact your dentist right away if this occurs.