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What is the Recovery Time after a Root Canal?

If you’ve been told that you need a root canal, the procedure and the recovery time depend on the type of root canal treatment you receive.

Root Canal Recovery Time

During a standard root canal treatment, files and treatment fluids are used to remove the infected pulp tissue, and disinfect the root canal system. A temporary material is usually placed inside the root canal system at the initial treatment appointment. At the second appointment, this material is removed and replaced with a permanent material (and then a temporary material or crown is placed on the top portion of the tooth or crown).

GentleWave ProcedureSince there is no permanent filling in place between the first and second standard root canal treatment appointments, patients are directed to use caution when chewing or applying pressure to the tooth. It is also common to experience sensitivity and inflammation following root canal treatment, but over-the-counter pain relievers can typically manage the discomfort during recovery.*

The root canal procedure should not affect regular oral cleaning (brushing, flossing, or using mouthwash), which should be performed as usual.*

While standard root canal treatment does not impact your ability to resume your normal schedule, it can cause tenderness in the area for a few days following treatment. The recovery time between the first and second standard root canal treatment appointments, in which there is no permanent material yet placed, may contribute to this discomfort. If narcotics are prescribed for pain, the ability to drive or operate machinery may be compromised.*

Fortunately, with the GentleWave® Procedure, the need for two treatment appointments may be eliminated, reducing the overall root canal recovery time.

The GentleWave Procedure

The GentleWave System uses fluid dynamics and broad spectrum acoustic energy to clean the complex root canal system. With this technology, fewer files are used throughout the procedure, making it a comfortable alternative to standard root canal treatment.4

Many GentleWave patients who have previously undergone standard root canal treatment are surprised to learn how much more comfortable the GentleWave Procedure is—and how different the overall experience was.

After the GentleWave Procedure, I did not experience any soreness immediately, days later or even now! – L. Pruitt

And since the GentleWave Procedure can be completed in one appointment, patients can get back to their normal schedule sooner, without trying to fit in a second appointment! 

Locating a GentleWave Provider

If you’ve been told you need root canal treatment, and you’re looking for the procedure option that can help get you back to your normal schedule sooner, choose the GentleWave alternative. Use our Provider Finder to locate a GentleWave dentist or endodontist in your area.  

*American Association of Endodontists