Root canal treatment is a surgical procedure and some pain or discomfort after the operation is to be expected. However, with modern techniques and advances in medicine, any discomfort should be minimal. The dentist of today is well trained in the procedure and also in aftercare treatment.

Following treatment, there are some steps that can be taken to aid recovery:

– Avoid hard or chewy foods

– Brush and floss teeth as normal but very gently around the affected area

– Over-the-counter medications can alleviate pain

Contacting your dentist is advisable if there is “increasing pain, swelling or bleeding” following treatment and further advice can be found at


Dr. Rizwan Khawaja BDS (University of Manchester)

Dr Rizwan Khawaja, also known as Riz by his patients, graduated from the University of Manchester in 2010. Since qualifying he has worked across Cheshire in practices, specialist centres and treatment centres.

As a certified dentist in Inman Aligner treatments, Riz has a passion for cosmetic dentistry. He is also working towards specializing in restorative dentistry in the near future.

In his spare time, he can be found on the golf course or at Old Trafford, supporting his beloved football club, Manchester United.

He also loves travel and considers himself as a bit of a foodie!