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

September 23, 2022
Posted By: Anderson Family Dental

It takes only a day or two to recover from a root canal in Winter Park, FL, as far as discomfort (mild discomfort quickly relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever). However, even though you don’t feel pain, it can take up to two weeks for the treated tooth to be ready for crowning.

Root canals relieve pain and swelling by ridding your tooth’s root of the infection.  

What Is a Root Canal?

If you have a tooth root infection, you’ll likely have a toothache with swelling. Unfortunately, the pain and swelling worsen without treatment, and the infection can spread. Fortunately, your dentist can treat a root-infected tooth and restore it to health.

First, we numb the area around the infected tooth. Then your dentist extracts the tissues from the canal. After flushing the tooth, we fill it with a temporary material to promote healing. A week or two later, you come in for a dental crown.

Infection weakens your tooth, but a dental crown restores its strength and function. The crown is shaded and designed to look identical to your teeth.

How to Lower Your Risks

Root infections result from poor oral hygiene, lack of dental care, or tooth trauma. For the most part, you can lower your infection risks through the following:

  • Visit your dentist every six months for checkups and teeth cleanings.
  • Brush and floss your teeth after eating or at least twice daily.
  • Report oral changes to your dentist, including tooth sensitivity.
  • Talk to your dentist if you’ve sustained a tooth injury.

Contact Your Dentist in Winter Park, FL, Today

Root infections, especially with pain and swelling, are considered dental emergencies. If you notice symptoms, you must contact your dentist as soon as possible because the pain and inflammation will increase over time.

Reach out to our dental team for root canal treatment in Winter Park, FL, today.

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