If you require a root canal treatment, you may be a little afraid about the procedure and the recovery period. We want to help peace your fear by first saying “Root canals are not evil! They actually mitigate the pain, not cause it!” and you should follow few tips which help you in recovery.
Be Cautious When Eating
After root canal treatment, you have to watch out for the three W’s: when to eat, where to chew, and what to eat.
Do not eat anything until the deadness from the anesthesia wears off. If you are trying to eat soon, you may cause added injury by biting your tongue or cheek.
Do not bite on the treated tooth until it has been fully recovered. Some endodontists might use a temporary filling first and place a permanent crown after a few days later.
Don’t prefer to eat soft food for the first couple of days. Be careful when eating food that is chewy.
- An allergic reaction to the medicines, including rash, hives, or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction)
- A return of your normal symptoms
- Your bite feels bumpy
Continue with Preventive Care
During your recovery, it is important to keep up with a daily brushing and flossing routine. If you haven’t had one up until now, this is the perfect time to start so that in the future you will not face these types of problems. Your dentist will want to keep up with the health of the tooth that had the root canal plus your oral health and gums, so regular checkups and cleanings are also endorsing. Your dentist or endodontist may also periodically x-ray your tooth to ensure that healing has restored.
Sometimes, a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment does not heal or pain continues. You could also experience relapse months, or even years later, after successful treatment. Personal care is needed so this does not happen, but if it does, most likely you should prefer an endodontist to repeat the procedure and save the tooth. A tooth that has had appropriate endodontic treatment, proper fixing and a good daily procedure that includes brushing and flossing can last as long as your other natural teeth.
Listen to Your Endodontist
So, root canals are not bad and your endodontist is your friend! This may be difficult to believe after all the negative effects that you have heard about root canals, but it is true! Your endodontist will have specific instructions for you after your treatment. It is essential that you follow these instructions to give you the best possible outcome with a complete and successful recovery.
If you have any queries or doubts during your recovery period, talk with your’s endodontist. He or she wants to hear from you! They do not want you to misguide about something when they can easily resolve the issue, whether it is serious or not. Root canals and the recovery process can be simple as well as comfortable for most patients, but everyone is different and recovery can vary from patients to patient.