A root canal involves the removal of an infected nerve from within a tooth by a dentist. A root canal is the hollow section of a tooth that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels and pulp cells. Bacteria entering the root canal of your tooth can infect the nerve, resulting in a severe toothache. In severe cases, an abscess can form in the mouth. In many other cases, there is minimal if any pain, while still having an infected root canal that requires treatment.
Because root canal infections may not always be obvious to you if it is not causing you pain, it is a good idea to regularly visit your dentist for a check-up.
As a relatively non-invasive treatment, root canal recovery shouldn’t take longer than a few days. You may experience mild pain during this time, but know that it is temporary and will likely go away without any action on your part as long as good oral hygiene is maintained. With that said, if your symptoms last more than 3-4 days, it would be best to schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to ensure that everything is healing properly.