Having a root canal is something that most adults would like to avoid, but this procedure can save a troubled tooth. The process isn’t over after the initial procedure, however. Here’s what Dr. Susan Wood of Phoenix Endodontic Group wants you to know about proper home care following root canal treatment.
After your root canal, your mouth may remain numb for the rest of the day. Try to avoid chewing on that side of your mouth, especially if there is not yet a crown permanently in place. Chewing on that side may damage the repair, introduce bacteria, or make you accidentally bite the inside of your cheek.
While root canal treatments are only mildly to moderately painful, it’s important to stay ahead of any infection, pain or inflammation by taking the medication suggested by your Endodontist. Dr. Wood states, Most root canal healing pain can be managed very well with anti-inflammatories, such as Ibuprofen or Motrin. Some may require antibiotics or stronger pain medicine, dependent on the pain prior to the root canal treatment. There is no real non-drug way to soothe healing.
A common follow-up mistake made by root canal patients is Not returning to their general dentist to have the tooth restored with a filling or a crown, says Dr. Wood. The result of this mistake could eventually lead to loss of the tooth due to fracture or recontamination of the root canal space, Dr. Wood concludes. While a temporary crown is designed to endure normal stress, if left for an extended period of time it may fall out. Be sure to set and keep your appointment to get the permanent version.
Last but not least, be sure to follow all directions for the cleaning and care of the affected tooth, especially while it is healing. Care of this tooth is very important so that it remains as strong as possible.
Root canal treatment is an extremely effective way to preserve your smile, and Phoenix Endodontic Group are the experts you need. Following your Endodontist’s instructions will help ensure the success of the procedure and keep you comfortable and smiling!