If you’re about to undergo a root canal, you probably have plenty of questions running through your mind. Dr. Jacqueline S. Allen of Phoenix Endodontic Group has performed this procedure countless times and offers this advice to prepare for yours.
Getting ready for a root canal is mostly about following normal routines for mouth care beforehand. Continue to brush, floss, and rinse to keep your teeth and gums their healthiest before the root canal. The rest of your preparedness tasks are to make sure you have arrangements made for the day of the procedure and your after-care.
“Fortunately, most root canals are routine and require no special supplies or medical equipment to use after a procedure is completed,” Dr. Allen says. You’ll want to have on hand whichever pain reliever your medical doctor normally recommends. After a root canal is completed, most patients feel no discomfort at all and some may take a few days to feel before they heal completely, Dr. Allen adds.
“It would be a good idea to schedule your appointment at a time of day that allows you to go home after work, or visit the endodontist prior to work. Most offices are flexible regarding appointment times as long as it is not an emergency,” says Dr. Allen.
Once you’ve been scheduled, think about your post-procedure transportation. Most patients are able to drive themselves home, however “some people are sensitive and apprehensive about dental work, for those patients it is best that they arrange for a driver to take them home after treatment,” Dr. Allen cautions.
“Following the post-op instructions given to you by your endondontist after your root canal is the best way to ensure that you will enjoy a successful outcome. Those instructions can be to take ibuprofen/Tylenol for basic discomfort, take an antibiotic until it is finished (if one is prescribed) and do not chew or eat anything sticky or hard until you have had the permanent crown placed by your general dentist,” states Dr. Allen.
Call today to schedule your root canal with Dr. Allen and Phoenix Endodontic Group for the best result!