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Pain After Root Canal: What To Expect And When To Call Your Dentist

1 FEB 2023

Does it hurt to get a root canal? Surprisingly, it shouldn’t. That being said, there are still some situations that could potentially cause some minor soreness or irritation after a root canal procedure. Here’s what to expect, what not to expect, and when to call a dentist.

Will I Have Pain After a Root Canal?

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Today’s root canal treatments are designed to manage and eliminate pain, rather than cause more discomfort.

A properly performed root canal treatment should not cause any pain. However, there are situations that could potentially make it difficult to numb your tooth beforehand, such as chronic infection and swelling. If that’s the case, we may need to prescribe an antibiotic so that the local anesthetic (numbing medication) can work properly.

During your root canal, the only thing you should feel is a little pressure. If at any point you feel a slight amount of tooth sensitivity, let us know. We will apply more numbing medication

How to Manage Any Soreness After Dental Treatment?

Is it normal to feel a little sore after a root canal? Sometimes, yes. But that’s the same to be said for any lengthy dental procedure. There are two reasons why.

First, the injection site where local anesthetic is administered will typically be sore for a day or two. Especially if you need extra numbing medication injected into the tissues. Second, your jaw may be tender if you needed to keep your mouth open for a long period of time.

Since some teeth have more than one or two roots (or are hard to access) those root canals may take longer to complete. Fortunately, a small mouth prop can help you relax your jaw to eliminate soreness in the days following your procedure.


For best results, we recommend rinsing with warm salt water for a day or two to ease tissue discomfort. An anti-inflammatory and warm/cold compresses can also help with any soreness. Other than that, nothing else should be needed. Your tooth is no longer vital, so it can’t relay any type of nerve sensations.

When to Call a Dentist

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If for any reason you experience severe tooth pain after a root canal—including not being able to eat or sleep—contact our Sydney dentist. Even if we are not the provider you saw for your endodontic therapy, we are able to provide 24/7 access to emergency care for fast pain relief.

Other instances when you should call a dentist are if there is facial swelling or you’re running a fever. Both of these instances are extremely rare, especially when it comes to root canal therapy. If symptoms are severe, head to the nearest hospital.

Gentle Dental Treatment in Sydney CBD

Smile Concepts prides itself on delivering exceptionally advanced, gentle dentistry. Our skilled dentists and state-of-the-art technology make it possible to enjoy comfortable treatments, including root canals, in one location. Sleep dentistry options are also available!

For more information, contact our root canal dentist in Sydney today.

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How much does root canal treatment cost? The cost of root canal in Sydney varies depending on how severe the infection is.

Often, the infection penetrates very deep into your teeth and a simple filing won’t suffice.

Thus, this means that your dentist would perform an extensive root canal procedure, leading to a variation in the cost of your treatment.

In general, the cost of a root canal procedure could start from $650. 

The good news is, if you are concerned about the cost, you could enjoy our special interest-Free payment plan offered to all our patients with which you could have your treatment first and only pay $20/Week with no interest fee at all.

Meanwhile, the cost of a root canal treatment could be affected by many factors, read the following point for more clarity.

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Dr Manish Shah

Dr. Manish Shah is a cosmetic dentist with a special interest in porcelain veneers, dental implants and Invisalign in Sydney. He is also a medical doctor with an expertise in sleep & craniofacial pain medicine practising at Smile Concepts.