Get E-Book on COVID-19

Q. Is it normal to feel pressure in the root canal treatment area?

Answered by
Dr. Geeth Sadasivam
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 31, 2019

Hello doctor,

I had a route canal treatment done yesterday on my two lower incisors. The pain from the tooth has gone. However, the area where the infection was observed is still sensitive to pressure. I have not taken many pain killers because the pain has not been that bad. But my surrounding teeth are sensitive still. Is this normal? Will the infection subside? And will I require antibiotics?



Welcome to

1. The pain you have after root canal treatment is because when you bite, there is a pressure distributed over the teeth and taken up by the tooth supporting structures around which is a sort of new irritation.

2. The sensitivity is a normal scenario after cleaning of gums & teeth, and you will automatically recover in a week.

3. You have mentioned that you are diagnosed with bruxism, hence relieving the bite(correction of the tooth surface so that it doesn't hit the upper when bitten) has to be done by the dentist.3. Or a nightguard covering all surfaces of the lower teeth has to be customized for you to wear(management for bruxism).

4. Either of these things will help you get rid of the pain.

5. The X-ray pretty much shows no infection down the roots, so you need not bother about taking antibiotics.

6. I advise you to visit your dentist for further follow-ups to ensure the tooth is surviving well with the fillings inside the root canal as well as over the tooth surface.

Treatment plan:

Management of bruxism with night guard appliance.

Preventive measures:

Do not bite hard foods like apple,guava,corn with the front teeth.

Was this answer helpful?


Related Questions:
Can root canal treatment be done on a small kid?
What cause loosening of teeth?
Is root canal treatment necessary if there is no pain in the tooth?
Consult by PhoneConsult by Phone Video ChatVideo Chat
Also Read Answers From:

Comprehensive Medical Second Opinion.Submit your Case

Related Questions & Answers

How to deal with teeth grinding that developed due to brain tumor?

Query: Hello doctor, My nephew is 2 years and 5 months old and he had a brain surgery two months ago to extract a brain tumor. It was an anaplastic ependymoma on his fourth ventricle. After brain surgery, his awareness was low and he was on a ventilator for 50 days. He is doing well know, but ou...  Read Full »

Which is the best treatment for badly decayed front teeth in a child?

Query: Hello doctor, My 3.5 years old daughter's upper front four teeth have decayed very badly and our dentist has advised on either root canal treatment or taking them out. Which treatment is best suited overall for my daughter?  Read Full »

What causes black cracks in teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, While looking at my teeth the other day, I noticed what looked like cracks in my molar teeth  (2nd from the back) on either side. Recently, I went to the dentist for a cleaning and also was complaining about sensitive teeth to both hot and cold. On both these teeth, I have a bit of ...  Read Full »

Also Read

This article provides you with all the information that you should be knowing about miscarriage. Although this is an emo...  Read more»
COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing includes analyzing patient samples to determine current or past infections with SARS-CoV-2. Read the ar...  Read more»
I feel a restlessness in my legs, which decreases my sleep quality. How to get a refreshing sleep?
Hello doctor, I cannot get refreshing sleep some days in a week, and some days it is good. I also have difficulty sleep...  Read more»

Ask your health query to a doctor online?

Ask a Dentist Now

* guaranteed answer within 4 hours.

Disclaimer: All health Q&As published on this website is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek the advice from your physician or other qualified health-care providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website.