Root canals involve cleaning out the infected pulp area inside your tooth root. During the procedure the bacteria is removed, and the area is sealed to prevent future bacteria from entering. Root canals can save your teeth, and in some cases a crown is placed on top to restore the tooth.
Any dental procedure involves recovery, and patients may experience some pain. At Lompoc OMS, we offer many endodontic treatments, and our doctors have years of experience with root canal therapy. We strive to provide quality dental care, in a friendly and relaxing environment. When patients visit our office, we want them to feel like family and know they are in good hands.

How Can I Sooth Severe Pain During the Recovery Period?

Once the local anesthetic wears off after your root canal procedure, you may have mild pain or sensitivity. The pain should only last a few days. If you experience severe pain, or think you may have a complication, we encourage you to come back to be seen right away.

Over the counter medications are usually recommended to help with pain during healing. Our staff will discuss at-home care, and we recommend a soft food diet after your root canal. Once you have recovered you can resume eating normally.

Tips to Soothe Pain During Recovery

In addition to over-the-counter pain medication there are some things patients can do at home to help sooth their pain during recovery.

  • Use an ice pack for immediate pain relief on your jaw near the tooth. This can also help with inflammation.
  • Patients can gargle with salt water a few times a day to help soothe pain.
  • Cucumbers placed on the area in your mouth can help the pain and feel refreshing.
  • Olive oil on a cotton ball placed on the area in your mouth can help reduce pain.
  • You can mix salt and pepper with a little water to form a paste. Applying this to the area can help sooth pain. Salt and pepper have anti-inflammatory properties.

If pain persists and does not improve after a few days we recommend contacting our office. We will have you come in as soon as possible to examine the area, and check for complications such as infection. Most patients recover normally and complications are rare.

Interested in Finding Out More About Root Canal Therapy?

If you are interested in finding out how you can benefit from root canal therapy, contact Lompoc OMS, and our staff will be happy to schedule your appointment.

Endodontic Treatment

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in problems with the pulp or root of your teeth. They are specialists, and in many cases your general dentist will refer you to an endodontist to treat pain or issues with the inside of your tooth. Endodontists can save your teeth if they have been damaged or cracked, and specialize in treating tooth pain.


Knowing when to see an endodontist is important. If you have any pain, or may have had an injury to a tooth, an endodontist can help you. Root canal therapy is a common treatment, and endodontists have special training in root canal therapy using advanced technology. Endodontists must receive two additional years of training beyond dental school.

Common Endodontic Procedures

  • Root canal therapy
  • Endodontic retreatment
  • Endodontic surgery
  • Treatment for dental injuries
  • Dental implants

If you have been recommended for an endodontic procedure you may be wondering how painful the procedure will be. Endodontists specialize in pain management, and local anesthesia is used to help keep patients relaxed and comfortable during their treatment. After an endodontic procedure patients may experience mild to moderate pain or soreness in the area. This should subside as your body heals.


If you experience pain that does not go away, or extreme sensitivity to hot or cold after your endodontic procedure, we encourage you to call our office right away. Our team is always available to help patients, and we do our best to have you seen as soon as possible. Keeping our patients healthy and pain free is important and your oral health is our priority.

Ready To Schedule Your Consultation?

If you are looking to schedule your endodontic consultation our team can help. During your consultation we will examine the area in question, and determine a treatment plan that works for you. If you have an injury to a tooth or urgent issue we encourage you to visit our office as soon as possible.


Leaving an injured or cracked tooth can lead to infection, and cause other more serious problems if it is not addressed immediately. We love helping our patients and always provide the highest level of care.


To schedule your appointment contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you.