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how much work will i have to miss after a root canal? i'll be going in for my first root canal next week, and am really nervous about the pain after the procedure. maybe i'm just getting myself worked up over nothing, but i'd like to know how much, if any

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
You : You are getting yourself worked up over nothing. Dentistry has come a very long way over the years, and most procedures are painless with no post-operative pain. You can expect to be a little sore, possibly from the injection, possible from the procedure. Nothing that an otc pain reliever won't take care of. Then there is always a stronger med that your dentist can prescribe to you if you want. Don't even think about missing any work... You should be fine.
Dr. Bruce Terry
Specializes in Endodontics
Most : Most patients will have a local anesthetic (lidocaine) for the root canal treatment. You should be able to work immediately with little more than the feeling of being numb for a few hours. Often, one dose of advil (ibuprofen) immediately after the visit works well when the anesthetic wears off. There is no need to miss work, unless you want to!
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
The : The answer to the question is "none" you are in all likelihood not going to have to miss any additional work apart from the time off to have the treatment. There are always exceptions but the majority of the time recovery from root canal treatment can be uneventful. You might need some anti inflammatory pills like advil or anaprox (naproxen). So settle down and take it in your stride. The question you want to be asking yourself is how much longer will i need to be at work to cover the cost of the repair of the tooth after the root canal treatment is complete. To do a really good job you will require your tooth to be reinforced with a post and then protected with a crown. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
If done right: If done and managed correctly. You can work. The next day.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry 49 years experience
As above : I agree with other physician that u can go to work next day or the day after.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Endodontics 44 years experience
None: Sorry, but you can go directly to work! or even play tennis! provided you know how to play tennis. Root canals are a conservative, non invasive procedure. Especially when done microscopically! relax and feel better!go to a bocceli concert!

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A 24-year-old member asked:

What medications can help alleviate the pain of a root canal?

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Tooth pain: Usually a short course of a mild opioid such as tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine #2 or #3 for few days.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How long after root canal should pain continue?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Few days....: There generally is pain after the local anesthetic wears off; the dentist should explain and warn about that depending how invasive the procedure is, whether he had to clear out infection, or abscess at the root. He should also give you a script for pain medication appropriate to the procedure, and appropriate to his knowledge of your pain threshold and ability to handle pain. Call, get advice.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Why would I have pain weeks after my root canal?

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Dr. Leonard Pizzolatto
General Practice 41 years experience
Occlusion: I would have the occlusion checked. This is the way the tooth hits on the opposing tooth. This can keep a root canal tooth sore. Also, make sure there is no more infection around the tooth. Check adjacent teeth for problems. Sometimes these teeth are in trouble and can refer pain to a different area. Another consideration is that root canal teeth can be sensitive for longer than normal.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How painful is it to get a root canal?

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Dr. Richard Leaderman
Dentistry 49 years experience
Not painful: Root canals can be painful if it is a hot tooth. This means that the tooth is badly infected and local novocaine will not work well.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long can I expect this root canal pain to last?

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Dr. Winston Muditajaya
Dentistry 24 years experience
Soreness 2-5 days.: If a root canal treatment has been completed, you can expect post operative pain to last anywhere from 2-5 days. If pain is still severe, i suggest informing your dentist as there is always a possibility that the pain is coming from elsewhere.

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