Root Canal Treatment Part 3: Aftercare Tips for a Successful Recovery

by | Sep 17, 2021 | Resources

What should you expect after a root canal therapy? Unlike pulling a tooth, recovery after a root canal does not involve an open wound, which can make things simpler. However, you still need to take care and look after yourself.

Here’s what to expect as you recover from a root canal.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Root Canal?

Most people get a root canal because they have pain and/or swelling. This is usually caused by a tooth becoming inflamed and infected by bacteria reaching the nerve space inside the tooth. The dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent pain while the root canal treatment is performed. This numbness lasts for 2-3 hours.

Once the process is over, the pain should be reduced, but the tooth may still be tender or painful for a few days to a week post-treatment. Pain relief may be prescribed to help manage the discomfort.

Aftercare Tips for a Successful Recovery

To ensure you don’t have any complications and stay comfortable after your root canal, you should follow your dentist’s instructions. They will ensure you are as comfortable as possible. If you continue to have symptoms or increased pain, the dentist may review you and, if needed, may give you a referral to a specialist for assessment. Ongoing pain can be caused by a number of reasons, such as missed canals or a fracture of the tooth.

Pain Medication

The area of the root canal may be inflamed for a few days, so your dentist may recommend you to take pain medication such as ibuprofen, depending on your medical history. This aims to reduce inflammation and can help control the pain so you can rest in comfort. Your dentist will provide additional information if needed.

Avoid Chewing on the Area That Was Treated

You should try to eat on the other side of your mouth for a few days after your root canal treatment to reduce the pressure on the area. Since it will be inflamed, that tooth could be tender to chew on. It’s best just to skip the possibilities of discomfort and chew on the other side.

Eat Softer Food

Eating soft foods, such as well-cooked vegetables, pasta, and rice may also help decrease discomfort. You want to avoid anything that could put pressure on the area. Between appointments and until a permanent filling is placed on the tooth, do not use the tooth to eat hard or crunchy foods to reduce the risk of breaking or fracturing the tooth.

Get the Rest You Need

Your body heals when you rest, so take the time you need to ensure your body can heal. You’ll feel better, and the area will recover faster. If you’re wondering about root canal recovery time, you may shorten it by simply resting.


Once the root canal treatment is completed and the infection removed, and the tooth sealed, you are on your way to having a functional tooth again. It’s important to rest up and give your body the recovery time it needs. During your root canal recovery, take care by brushing your teeth and flossing daily to keep the area as clean as possible. You will be back to your usual self in no time.

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