Although the procedure can cause patients some discomfort, a root canal will eventually stop pain experienced because of a badly infected or decaying tooth. Both before and after the root canal procedure, patients may experience pain until the infected nerve and dental pulp inside the tooth are removed. In the meantime, patients must handle any pain or discomfort as best they can through medication and home remedies.
The following are some of the most effective ways to combat root canal pain both before and after the procedure is performed:
- Put ice on painful areas- Probably one of the simplest and most effective methods of combatting root canal pain is simply applying ice. This will numb the pain and soothe the area of your mouth that is irritated by the root canal.
- Apply benzocaine topical gel- Head to your pharmacy for benzocaine topical gel, which works to numb areas of your mouth where you are experiencing pain.
- Take an analgesic- Analgesics such as ibuprofen and aspirin should not only relieve pain, but also reduce inflammation.
- Gargle with salt water or alcohol- You might experience considerable relief from root canal pain by gargling salt water or even strong alcoholic beverages like whisky or vodka. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol can also help to alleviate root canal pain.
- Consume only liquids- It might be best to go on a liquid diet until you have undergone your root canal procedure and finished healing. Eating solid food can cause aggravation.
- Try tea tree oil- Many claim that rinsing the mouth with tea tree oil provides effective relief against root canal pain. Rinsing the mouth with just a few drops of tea tree oil mixed in with lukewarm water is a natural way to cut back on the discomfort associated with a root canal.
- Put olive oil on painful areas- Olive oil- or also clove oil- has a soothing effect on pained areas of the mouth. You can dab olive oil onto areas where you are experiencing pain with a cotton ball to experience a gentle, soothing effect that should leave you more comfortable.
- Elevate your head- If you keep your head elevated, you will decrease the chances of experiencing a throbbing pain or bleeding at the treatment site of a root canal.
While it's not unusual to experience some pain and discomfort after the root canal procedure, persistent or extreme pain could indicate complications. If you experience persistent pain and/or any of the following symptoms, you need to contact your dentist like Baker Allan DDS right away to address potential complications:
- Visible swelling anywhere in or around the mouth
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, rash, or itching
- A bite that feels uneven