Does a tooth stop hurting immediately after a root canal?

Yes, but not always. Sometimes there is a significant amount of pain on a tooth caused by infection or inflammation and that is the reason why a root canal is needed. After the procedure is done, there is a significant improvement but some pain can still be felt for a few days, and rarely for a few weeks. Your dentist might even advise you to take painkillers when needed like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Mild pain can be felt weeks after the procedure, and this mostly while eating and chewing on foods. This mild pain usually does not require painkiller medication.

If pain persists weeks after treatment, you should consult your dentist or endodontist. Sometimes minor adjustments are needed, but rarely complications might have occurred.

If you are lucky, no pain will be felt at all!

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