How to Decide?
Answer the following questions:
- Has been three days since the root canal and the pain is still severe?
- Are you still sensitive to hot and cold?
- Are you biting too heavily on the root canal treated tooth?
If you answered “yes” to the above questions then you need to go to to the dentist for a followup. If you’re still having pain or hot and cold sensitivity, the root canal may not have been performed satisfactorily and you may require further work done on the tooth. However if the bite is high a simple bite adjustment can get the job done and eliminate your pain within a few hours.
helpful hint – Keep in mind that if you have been putting too much pressure on the tooth for several days then dropping the bite will help out some, but it will a couple of days for the pain to completely disappear. Give it some time, maintain a soft diet and continue taking your medications until the pain has fully vanished. If it still persists you may have to receive your crown right away.
If you answered “no” to the above questions then you are probably going through the normal healing process and should allow the tooth more time to heal up before going back to the dentist.
Having a root canal is not that different from having a tooth extraction and it requires a few days to recover from the treatment. Whenever you have a very painful root canal infection or if you’ve had a chronic, lingering infection in the tooth then odds are you will be in pain for two to three days afterwards.
- Make sure to discuss with your dentist that the root canal has been successfully completed
- Make sure your dentist checks your bite to ensure there’s not too much pressure being applied to the tooth
- Give your tooth a little break from chewing hard items until it has had a chance to heal up
- And if you want to be even safer then get some medications that work for you and take them as recommended