Root Canal Recovery: Do’s and Don’ts
September 7, 2021
Many people experience anxiety when they think about undergoing a root canal. This dental treatment often receives a bad rap despite its importance. It is important to know what to expect during and after the procedure. This should help you overcome most of your anxiety.
Do not associate the pain you experience due to a damaged tooth root with dental treatment. A root canal is not as unpleasant as most people imagine. Thanks to the use of local anesthesia, the procedure is painless. More importantly, recovery can take only a few days.
Why a Root Canal May Be Necessary
The purpose of this treatment is to repair a tooth damaged by fracture, infection, or decay. Initial treatment usually involves the removal of any infection or decay if present. Your endodontist will then determine whether to restore the lost tooth structure or not. If you have a tooth fracture that extends to the pulp or gumline, it may be difficult or even impossible to save the tooth.
What to Expect During the Procedure
During the root canal procedure, your dentist will clean and shape the inner chamber of your damaged tooth. This is where the pulp and nerves of the tooth lie. The nerve of a tooth is not necessary for its functioning and health.
This means that your dentist can remove it for treatment purposes. Lack of treatment can lead to the infection of the surrounding tissue and the development of abscesses. Thus, it is important to undergo a root canal while it is still possible to save your tooth.
For the first few days after the treatment, your tooth may feel quite sensitive. This is especially so if it had an infection before the root canal treatment. You can manage the discomfort using over-the-counter medication. Your dentist may also recommend stronger pain medications. The day after your treatment, you may be able to resume your normal activities. If you are still unsure of what to do and not do after your treatment, here are a few guidelines:
What to Do
Until you get your permanent filling, you need to minimize chewing on the treated tooth. This will help you avoid breaking or re-contaminating it before you heal fully. Remember to brush and floss your teeth at least twice every day to keep the treated area clean. If your filling feels uncomfortable or comes out, contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Also, it is important to contact your dentist if you notice any swelling outside or inside your mouth. Contact your dentist if your toothache returns or you experience an allergic reaction to your medication. Finally, maintain regular dental checkups to enable your dentist to monitor the progress of your healing.
What Not to Do
Until your dentist restores your treated tooth, do not chew or bite on it. Do not fail to take your medication as prescribed by your dentist. Avoid exercising for a few days since strenuous activity can cause you to start bleeding. Finally, you need to avoid anything that might cause inflammation, such as smoking, alcohol, hot beverages, hard foods, and snacks that you have to suck.
To learn more about root canal recovery, or to schedule an appointment, call Armbrust Dental, PC, at our office in Omaha, Nebraska at 402-396-0003 today.