How to Treat Root Canal Pain


Suffering from pain after a root canal can be miserable, but there are ways to successfully treat the pain and throbbing you may feel. Read this article to learn more.

Take Pain Medication

Your dentist may prescribe pain medication that you can take after you have surgery for a root canal. If your dentist doesn’t prescribe pain medication or the pain is minimal, you’ll want to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen according to the instructions on the bottle. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen should relieve pain and reduce swelling, and if ibuprofen or acetaminophen isn’t helping, ask your dentist if they can order prescription pain medication.

You’ll be given pain medication during your root canal, but you should start taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen within an hour after the procedure is complete.

Use Ice

Ice may be able to temporarily numb the pain. If your tooth isn’t sensitive to cold, place an ice cube or crushed ice on it. Keep it on the tooth until the pain is gone or until the ice melts.

Use Water and Salt

You may be able to temporarily relieve your pain by mixing salt and water and rinsing your mouth with the solution. Hold the solution over the painful area for 30 seconds to one minute. Spit the solution out. You can use this method three to four times daily.

Elevate Your Pillow

Before you go to sleep or take nap, be sure to elevate your pillow. Elevating your pillow will relieve pain and throbbing, and it’ll also help reduce or prevent bleeding from the treatment site.

Suck on Onion Slices

Onion has been shown to be effective in treating pain caused by a root canal. First, cut an onion into slices. Next, place an onion slice in your mouth, and suck the juice coming from it. Remove the onion after a few minutes, and repeat the process three times a day. Use fresh onions only.

Final Words

If you’ve tried several of these treatments with no success, you should contact your dentist immediately. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth gently to prevent further pain and swelling.

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