The purpose of a root canal is to treat issues related to the soft inner pulp of a tooth. Without root canal treatment, tooth pulp infection can lead to an abscess, which may damage the jawbone.
Not all tooth all pain warrants the need for a root canal. However, if the signs of infection are severe enough, a root canal may be necessary. If you have severe teeth pain when you’re eating or placing pressure on the area, sensitivity to hot or cold after the hot or cold stimuli are no longer in your mouth, a darkened tooth, or a tiny bump on your gums near the area of teeth pain, you may need a root canal.
After undergoing a root canal, your teeth and gums may feel sore. Fortunately, over-the-counter medications like Tylenol and Advil may treat these symptoms. A day after the procedure, you should be able to return to work and your everyday activities.
To make sure the infection is gone, you’ll need to see your dentist a few days after. If you’d like, the dentist may place a permanent crown on your teeth. Crowns are made of porcelain and look and function like natural teeth.
In the event you have a fever after root canal treatment, you need to contact your dentist immediately as this may be a sign that your infection is still present. Other signs that may indicate your infection is still present include a persistent feeling of lethargy and a hot feeling around the tooth and gums. These also require immediate attention from a dentist.
Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
If you have further questions about root canal treatment and why you may have a fever following one, we encourage you to contact our Ashburn, VA office at (703) 542-7000. We look forward to hearing from you!