A root canal treatment is performed only after numbing the tooth with local anaesthesia, so no pain is felt during the procedure. You might feel some pressure when your dentist is cleaning out your canal, which is normal. After the treatment, when the anaesthesia has worn off, some soreness or tenderness may remain. You can manage this by taking over-the-counter painkillers.
In a root canal procedure, the infected pulp will be eliminated from your tooth centre and fill it with another material. The treatment is performed after numbing the tooth so that you won’t feel a thing. There might be some soreness and tenderness after the procedure.
After a successful root canal procedure, there may be pain or soreness for 24-72 hours. The soreness is normal and will go away after a few days. However, if you have persistent pain after three days of the root canal treatment, you should contact the practice.
The anaesthesia given during a root canal treatment takes time to wear off, so avoid eating from the side that’s numb to protect yourself from burning yourself or biting your cheeks. Immediately after the procedure, you can have something cold like yoghurt, ice cream or a smoothie to soothe the area. For the next few days, you can have a soft diet. Avoid hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky foods.