To estimate the recovery time of a root canal, we must first know the process of this treatment:
A root canal (or endodontics) treatment consists in the removal and replacement of the dental pulp with a sealing material to stop an ongoing infection. The dental pulp contains nerves and blood vessels that can cause a sharp pain if they get infected from bacteria leaking into it. These bacteria can leak into the dental pulp from a tooth fracture, an unattended tooth decay, etc.
That is why a root canal consists in the removal and replacement of this diseased dental pulp with a sealing dental material that ceases the infection and prevents further damage to the jawbone and surrounding areas of the tooth.
A root canal is a highly reliable dental intervention with over 95% of success rate. However, even with this high success rate, people wonder how much time it takes for a root canal to heal.
Root canal recovery times tend to be different since each tooth is different
However, all root canals can be divided into three main categories:
Category one: The tooth is irreversibly inflamed; this gives the patient a burning and painful sensation. These cases usually do not require antibiotics, but painkillers may be prescribed for a couple of days until the tooth heals.
It takes one day for the numbness (from anesthesia) to wear down, and 3 to 7 seven days for it to completely heal.
Category two: The tooth is infected and may present a sharp or no pain at all, since the tooth is dead from the ongoing infection. This is a more complex case from a just inflamed tooth since it may require some managing of the infection for some time, and then the root canal procedure per se.
That is why this case may require a longer recovery time and will also require the use of antibiotics and painkillers after the treatment. The total recovery time is between one to two weeks after the procedure.
Category three: This case involves infection and swelling of the tooth. Therefore, these are the most complicated ones to manage, since they require close management. These cases are usually met with deep pain by patients, since here the infection usually has leaked to soft tissue and even to the jawbone. Therefore, in these cases the root canal procedure must begin immediately by using a medicine called calcium hydroxide in the tooth under temporary filling up to three weeks.
However, most cases can be managed with only the root canal and the prescription of antibiotics and painkillers. The total recovery time for these cases is between one to two weeks also.
Where to get a root canal in the Phoenix Metro area?
If you are looking for a place to get your root canal done, or a place that can diagnose what the cause of your pain is from, you can contact us in Somos Dental. In Somos Dental you can contact us through our phone number 623-300-2752 or through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, or SMS.
You can also fill our online form that includes a free diagnostic appointment, so you know if the cause of your pain is going to get fixed by a root canal. You can find our dental offices in our six locations in Downtown Phoenix, Mesa, Desert Sky mall, Laveen, Camelback, and Avondale.