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Preparing for and Recovering from your Root Canal

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Preparing for and Recovering from your Root Canal

A Root canal is a term used to describe a dental procedure that is performed to remove the infected pulp from the tooth. The procedure also known as Endodontic therapy is done in order to preserve a tooth that is at risk of being lost due to deep decay. A root canal is needed when you experience pain in the tooth and sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures. Dental examinations and X-rays are done in order to ascertain which tooth or teeth need a root canal.

There is a belief that the procedure is always painful, once you have scheduled an appointment, it is important to prepare properly because lack of it can lead to complications during the procedure. Root canals are painless when done correctly. Vita Dental Springs shares a few ways you can prepare for your root canal.

Avoid Painkillers

Root canals are often associated with pain. However, you should avoid taking painkillers before the procedure because your dentist will provide the anesthesia. You may also be required to highlight specifically where the pain is, so numbing the pain in advance is not advisable. This should not be a problem as a professional dentist can help your root canal procedure go smoothly with minimal discomfort and pain.

Discuss Apprehension

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about the thought of getting a root canal. Have a discussion with a dentist ahead of time at Vita Dental Springs and let him or her reassure you about the reality of the procedure. In due time you will realize that it isn’t that bad after all and it will be over before you know it. Find a friend or family member who has had a root canal in the past. Their experiences may help ease your anxiety.

Avoid Alcohol and Tobacco

It is often said that drinking whiskey can help ease a toothache, but this is not a good advice. You will be injected with a local anesthetic into the gum and this could have an opposing reaction with tobacco and alcohol. Share your concerns with the dentist if you are worried so that proper medication can be given.

Eat a Good Meal and Be Comfortable

Before your appointment, make sure you eat a good satisfying meal. This is because after your mouth is numb with the local anesthesia used during the procedure, you may not be able to eat until the numbness fades off after a few hours. A root canal procedure can be lengthy, so it is also good to wear loose fitting and comfortable clothing. For the ladies, it is also recommended to avoid heavy facial makeup.

Once the root canal procedure is over, here is what to expect and do during the recovery period.

  • Use Medication for Pain and Sensitivity

It is quite normal to feel extreme pain for the next 24 hours. The last thing you will want to do is over-exert yourself while recovering. For the first few days, your tooth may feel sensitive especially if there were pain and infection prior to the procedure. You may also experience tenderness when biting, however, this sensitivity can be relieved by using prescription or over-the-counter medication.

  • Eat Soft Foods

If you have too much pressure or severe pain that lasts more than expected, you may need to take extra precautions when eating for a few days. Plan meals ahead of time and be sure to avoid foods that are tough, crunchy, or chewy so as to minimize pain and the risk of infection. After the discomfort from the treatment eases up, you can resume your normal diet. You may want to eat on the opposite side of your mouth for the time being.

  • Follow proper oral hygiene habits

It’s crucial to follow proper oral hygiene habits after a root canal treatment in order to prevent the formation of decay or infection. Brush your teeth at least twice daily preferably in the morning and before bed using a fluoride toothpaste. You can follow up by gently flossing in between each tooth to remove any built-up in the gaps. A cavity-preventing mouthwash can also be used.

  • Keep in touch with the dentist

In addition to dietary changes, be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions after your root canal to ensure a quick recovery. There are several that will make eating easy while promoting quick healing and recovery process. You can get in touch with us here at Vita Dental Spring if you notice any unusual symptoms or have any serious complications beyond your endodontic procedure. For instance, if there is visible swelling inside or outside your mouth and if you have an allergic reaction to the medication. You should also contact your dentist should your original symptoms return in order for them to determine the next treatment.

Keep in mind that a root canal treatment is just the beginning of the treatment on an infected tooth. Final restoration of the tooth is required in order to ensure long-term success. By sticking to the regimen, any medications and advice make the recovery process a smooth one.