At Smile Solutions Dentistry, having a painful root canal experience is not common and rarely something we encounter. If the appropriate steps are followed, the risk of post-operative complications is very low. One reason patients could have discomfort during a procedure is due to difficulty receiving profound anesthesia. This is typically due to the way anesthetic agents work in our bodies. Anesthetics are basic chemicals and will neutralize in acidic environments like infections reducing their effectiveness. This can lead to sometimes uncomfortable situations. This is rarely an issue at Smile Solutions Dentistry. Typically this is solved by receiving a second or third carpule of anesthetic.
It is normal to be sore for 48-72 hours while your body is healing. Extreme pain is rare and if it occurs you should seek a dental expert immediately. Here are a few reasons you could be experiencing discomfort after a root canal procedure: a) improper irrigation, b) improper gutta percha placement, c) forceful irrigation beyond the apex of a root, d) fracture of a tooth’s root, e) an unforeseen extra canal that was not found during the procedure. These are a few of the reasons that root canals could be painful after a procedure. Due to all of these factors, it is important to seek a dental provider that you trust and has a reputation for performing root canal/endodontic procedures with a high success rate.