Root Canal Recovery & What to Expect

Congratulations for making it through your root canal! As painless as some procedures can be nowadays, there’s a bit of trepidation of what will happen after the root canal is completed.

In today’s post, we are covering such trepidations to help you have a better understanding of what’s normal after a root canal and what’s not.

Most root canals are completed in two visits. After the first visit, you will feel some sensitivity in the tooth area, due to natural inflammation of the surrounding tissue. This is normal.

Over-the-counter medications can help relieve this discomfort, but you shouldn’t experience  excessive pain. Most people feel well enough to return to their normal routine the next day.

Ouch! I’m Still Hurting

Unfortunately, there is a slight chance your root canal recovery time could extend a little further than expected. If you notice extreme pain or drastic, sudden swelling, you need to return to your Boise dentist or endodontist, immediately.

Your mouth and jaw can feel tender as well from keeping them open for such a long period of time and that’s normal. Most jaw and mouth soreness will dissipate within a few days.

Continue to take your prescribed antibiotics as to avoid any infection and remember you can take an anti-inflammatory medication to help relieve mild pain and discomfort. Keep in mind, your tooth’s fibers and ligaments were just stretched and need time to heal.

Some Additional Tips

Caring for your root canal after the procedure is of the utmost importance. Here are a few tips you may find helpful during your recovery.

  • Avoid eating hard foods and/or foods that can get stuck in the swollen gum tissues. They can lead to infection. Foods such as chips, gummy snacks, corn nuts, etc.
  • Until your dentist has the opportunity to place the permanent crown on your tooth, we ask that you avoid chewing directly on that side as to not cause damage to the tooth structure.
  • Also, continue to brush and floss as usual.

When in Doubt, Call Us!

We hope your root canal recovery time is as pain-free as possible!

If you have nagging tooth pain, you may be in need of a root canal. Click the link below to schedule an appointment at Boise’s best dentist and find out!


~Dr. Wagner