What Is Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment is performed to preserve a tooth’s soft tissue that has become infected or inflamed. During the procedure, a dental professional will remove the inflamed or infected pulp and then proceed to clean and shape the inside of a patient’s root canal. Finally, the dentist will fill and seal the empty spaces in the tooth so that bacteria cannot enter the tooth. Once the procedure is complete, your dentist will send you home with instructions for pain management.

Recovery Process

Some patients fear what will happen after their anesthetics wear off. If you follow the pain management guidelines provided to you by your dentist, then there is nothing to worry about. Experiencing some tenderness and mild soreness in the days following your root canal procedure is not uncommon and should be expected. These symptoms can usually be managed with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or naproxen, but in some cases, your dentist may prescribe something stronger like a narcotic medication as well. It is crucial that you adhere to the instructions provided by your dentist when taking any medication. You should be aware that taking a narcotic can make you drowsy so exercise caution when driving or operating machinery.

Recovering from a root canal is usually a pretty straightforward process, but if you endure any of these symptoms then you should seek emergency dental services:

  • Visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth
  • Severe pressure that lasts more than a few days
  • An allergic reaction to your medication
  • Severe pain that lasts more than a few days
  • Your bite feels uneven
  • Return of pre-root canal symptoms

American Dental Care of Newark provides emergency dental care to Irvington, NJ and the surrounding areas. If you are experiencing prolonged pain for your recent root canal treatment, then you should consider making an appointment for our emergency care services.


Once you have completed any follow-up appointments for your root canal, you’ll want to restore your tooth with a final crown. You should aim to have your final crown work completed as quickly as possible, so your teeth don’t break or crack. Once your tooth is restored, the results can last a lifetime just like your natural teeth.  

At American Dental Care of Newark we offer comprehensive dental care including root canal treatment,  cosmetic dentistry, oral surgery, dental cleaning and dental implants. If you are in need of family dentistry near Newark, NJ, please contact American Dental Care of Newark at 973-453-9088.