Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy) and Canker Sores

Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy) and Canker Sores

Oct 09, 2018

Endodontics is a crucial part of dentistry which pinpoints the areas of the soft tissues of the tooth. With that being said, it is also very closely related to canker sores. Here are some things you should know when dealing with the latter.

Why would I need root canal therapy?

Firstly, let’s cover the main purpose of endodontics, root canal therapy. If the soft tissue of a tooth becomes infected, it is almost always required to undergo root canal surgery to prevent further infection of the bloodstream.

Symptoms that you may have an infection

  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Sensitivity
  • Discoloration
  • Tenderness
  • Abnormality of teeth

The Cost of Root Canal Therapy

The overall cost for procedures such as a root canal therapy will most definitely always depend on the condition of the tooth. However, generally, treatments on molars tend to be a bit more expensive when considered individually. If the tooth being treated is a natural tooth, however, you can expect to spend less money.

Why Do I Have A Canker Sore After My Procedure?

Well, the good news is that you’re not alone when it comes to sores. Believe it or not, 25% of patients report having some form of sore or oral discomfort after a root canal procedure. It is believed that the frequent rubbing of the gums in the procedure is the primary cause of irritation, but sores in the dental industry have yet to be fully explored. If you are experiencing sores after your procedure, try rinsing with a saltwater mix three times a day. Or similarly, you can use hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria that may be further irritating the sore. There have also been very positive reports of using vitamin E oils for relief and faster treatment times. However, if all else fails, keep taking proper care of your teeth and gums, because most canker sores heal within 7-10 days.

What to do after a Root Canal Procedure?

Like most other dental procedures all that is needed is the basics of a healthy dental routine, brushing and flossing.