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What are some symptoms during recovery from root canal surgery?

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After a root canal procedure, it is normal to experience several symptoms. The tooth, jaw and surrounding gums may feel tender or sore, and the tooth may also feel loose. The tooth may also feel sensitive to chewing pressure. In some instances, a small bubble appears on the gum tissue, which is a sign of the release of bacteria and pressure.

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What are some symptoms during recovery from root canal surgery?
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These symptoms are generally temporary and respond well to over-the-counter or prescribed pain medications. In addition to medicating, it is recommended to avoid chewing on that side of the mouth and to avoid manipulating the tooth in any way. Warm salt water rinses also provide temporary relief of soreness and pain. Regular dental hygiene should be practiced after a root canal, including daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups and cleanings.

Root canal surgery eliminates infection within a tooth by removing the tooth's nerve and pulp and cleaning the tooth from the inside out. Root canal treatments are successful 95 percent of the time, and most teeth that have undergone the procedure last as long as regular teeth. After root canal treatment, the tooth is very fragile, so the final step is to protect the tooth with a restoration such as a crown or filling.

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