My root canal tooth hurts.

Picture of a root canal toothRoot Canals are very predictable and can be done painlessly. According to the American Dental Association ( ADA ) root canals are 90% successful. Nine out of ten teeth that undergo a root canal will last a lifetime. One in Ten will fail and remain painful and require the root canal to be done over, possible surgery to remove the end of the root or extracted.

It’s very normal for a tooth that just had root canal to be tender or uncomfortable. This usually lasts about 3 days and occurs when chewing on it. I have seen patients that have had pain for up to two weeks.

Make sure the tooth is not touching (high) when you close your teeth together and take advil or other medications as prescribed. If you are still concerned call us at the Levittown office. The phone number is (516)-796-6660.

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