“ Sir, root canal treatment was not at all painful… Thank you, But will it pain after anaesthesia wears off ?”. A very expected and casual question by every patient who undergoes root canal treatment at our dental clinic in Pune. Today lets discuss the post-treatment Tips/ instructions to be followed after a painless root canal treatment.
Firstly, let’s understand the root canal treatment in brief.
What is root canal treatment?
When the tooth gets decayed and decay reaches pulp tissue, a patient complains of pain and sensitivity. The symptoms vary from slight sensitivity, pain on biting, pain while lying down to severe continues throbbing pain. Its because microorganisms infect the pulp tissue and cause inflammation of nerves. The nerve carries the pain sensation towards the brain and the patient feels severe pain.
Nowadays, We complete the root canal treatment in Pune mostly in one or minimum visits. With advanced technique, we remove the nerve, clean the canal and fill it with biocompatible inert material.
At beginning of root canal treatment, we administer the local anaesthetic injection to anaesthetize nerves. The effect of anaesthesia remains for quite a few hours post-treatment. Usually, it takes 3 – 4 hours to wear off the anaesthesia.
Tips to follow for speedy Root canal recovery
Following are some important root canal recovery tips that help to reduce the post-treatment pain.
Avoid eating and Speaking
Particularly, when we treat lower / mandibular teeth, we give complete nerve block and it anaesthetizes not only the teeth but also gums, surrounding oral mucosa & part of the tongue of that particular side. So post-treatment, there are chances of biting the tongue and lips. The patient has to avoid eating hard & speaking much. As the tongue and cheek are numb, Patient won’t understand if he accidentally bites tongue or cheek. which may cause injury and ulceration later.
Avoid Biting from a treated tooth
As we know, during the root canal treatment, we remove the nerve and pulp tissue from the canal system, there is always slight injury at the end of the root. The injury usually heals in a week. So during this time, If patient bites from the treated tooth, the pressure of bite directly transmit from root to the injury and it starts paining. To minimize this pain, we usually disocclude tooth from active occlusion. And advice the patient to avoid biting from that side.
Taking Medicines post-treatment
As root canal treatment is an operative procedure, there is always some inflammation post-treatment, and to reduce this inflammation, we prescribe some anti-inflammatory drugs. Advise patient to take these medicines as and when required.
Do not put cotton in the tooth
In multiple visit root canal treatment, we place temporary cement in-between visits. sometimes, the cement dislodges from the tooth. So please do not put any cotton by yourself. This may lead to secondary infection from cotton.
These are simple instructions cum tips to follow after root canal treatment and experience no pain. If your need root canal treatment, Then do not hesitate to contact us.
Dr. Rohit Joshi is a renowned Dentist in Pune and having more than 5 years of experience in the field of dentistry. He is Mastered in conservative dentistry and endodontics. He also specialises in single visit painless root canal treatment and aesthetic dentistry. He is always contributing his knowledge of dentistry through his blog. Learn More about Dr. Rohit Joshi.