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Is there pain associated with getting a root canal?

Usually, people will say that a root canal doesn't hurt any more than getting a simple filling, and they should be able to return to their normal activities immediately. Since a person needing a root canal is often already in extreme pain, the root canal treatment actually provides relief from pain and recovery is very minimal. When the anesthesia wears off, the gums around the tooth will be sore from the rubber dam clamp, and it may feel a little sore when chewing with that tooth -- especially if the tooth was abscessed prior to treatment. Even though the nerve is no longer inside the tooth, there are still nerve endings around the outside of the tooth that may be inflamed as a result of an abscess or the root canal treatment itself. It is best to try chewing on the opposite side of the mouth for a few days following the root canal to give the bone and tissues around the tooth time to calm down.

Any pain or discomfort can be controlled by taking ibuprofen (Advil) or another over-the-counter pain medication when appropriate. Ibuprofen should not be used by people taking certain blood thinners or those with kidney disease or stomach ulcers. A person who is experiencing extreme pain following a root canal that isn't getting better after a few days should return to the treating dentist immediately for further evaluation.

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Comment from: Me, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 16

I just had a root canal done and it was very painful whatever they did after taking the nerve out. It was very painful and even now after three days it hurts. I am taking painkillers every 6 to 8 hours, and antibiotics. I went to my dentist in pain at first thinking it was just that my filling needed to be done again and they said I needed a root canal. After starting the process they gave me the bill of about 1700 which doesn't include the post (475) and the crown 1100. I have insurance but they said they don't pay out that much. I'm up at 4 am now in pain. I feel like getting the tooth pulled. This was a bad experience for me. I cannot afford this bill and still in pain.

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Comment from: massive swelling, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

I had a root canal yesterday morning. I've had a couple of these procedures in the past and they all went very well with very little pain. This time, not so lucky. The procedure itself was not so bad because I had been numbed up, but within a few hours of leaving the chair the left side of my face started to swell and the pain increased. Now, 36 hours after the procedure I'm badly swollen all along my jawline to my lips. It looks like I've got a ping pong ball inside my mouth. Throbbing pain is keeping me awake as I write this at midnight. The doctor has prescribed a powerful antibiotic, but nothing seems to be helping. I am hopeful that the pain and swelling will go down tomorrow as I can't work, sleep or even eat properly as it stands now.

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