5 Tips For Recovering From Your Root Canal Procedure

Did you recently have a root canal procedure done? Here's some advice to help you recover and ensure you are giving yourself the proper aftercare.

Root canals are supposed to be infamously painful. Right?

Maybe sometimes, but with the right dentist, root canals aren't nearly as painful as they used to be. A large part of pain management comes from proper aftercare.

Keep reading to learn all about the right aftercare you should be partaking in to help speed up your root canal recovery.

Ibuprofen for Pain

With today's dental technology, root canals aren't nearly as painful as they once were. It's a common misconception that they're one of the most difficult surgeries to recover from. In reality, the procedure is pretty pain-free thanks to the use of anesthesia.

In fact, your tooth that requires this surgery will usually cause more pain before the procedure. The root canal takes care of your tooth's damaged nerve, helping you to heal. Pain during aftercare can usually be attributed to mere sensitivity from having undergone the procedure.

This sensitivity/mild pain can be treated with any over the counter pain medication, like Ibuprofen.

Taking Care of Temporary Fillings

A root canal usually requires two appointments. The first is the initial procedure, including surgery, fitting for your permanent crown, and temporary fillings. It's not until your second appointment that your permanent crown is actually fitted onto your tooth.

In the meantime, you'll have a temporary filling that isn't as sturdy as a crown. Proper aftercare of your temporary filling is key. If it fractures, it can be painful and lead to complications.

Avoid hard, sticky, or spongy foods during this interim period. Think hard candies, apples, bread, peanut butter. The last thing you want is a dentist appointment in between your dentist appointments!

Regular Oral Care to Prevent Infection

There's never a more important time to take top-notch care of your chompers than after a root canal. Since your temporary filling isn't permanent, there's a chance it'll fracture or dislodge itself if you accidentally bite into the wrong sort of food.

If this happens, your tooth is way overexposed to bacteria. This can lead to incredibly painful tooth infections. It's best to minimize mouth bacteria by cleaning it regularly.

If you have a weak immune system, you might consider taking antibiotics before and after your surgery to minimize this risk. Harmful bacteria can enter your bloodstream through your open tooth. This can lead to infections in other parts of the body, as well.

Bonus: if you start taking antibiotics a few weeks before your surgery, your anesthesia will work better and faster, making the surgery less painful.

Brush and floss twice a day post-surgery, or according to your dentist. Don't neglect to make follow up appointments with your dentist for regular cleanings and dental health check-ups.

Your Root Canal: Are You All Set?

If you're in Tyson's Corner, Falls Church, or Merrifield, get in touch with us today to discuss any oral surgery needs you might have. We accept all insurances and use all the latest cutting-edge technology to make painful root canals and aftercare a thing of the past.

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