Every year, over 15 million root canals are performed.
It’s quite a common procedure and it helps save a damaged tooth that’s at risk of being lost, by preserving its still-healthy parts.
If you have one scheduled or believe you’ll need to get one soon, you might be wondering what the procedure is all about and what aftercare advice you’ll need to follow. Today, we’re here to help you with the second part.
Keep reading and learn everything you need to know about a root canal recovery process!
What Will You Feel After a Root Canal?
Your dentist will numb your mouth to execute the procedure but, with time, the anesthesia will wear off and you’ll likely start feeling some pain and discomfort.
The symptoms should only last for a few days but nevertheless, they can be quite bothersome. Here are three things you can do to for relief:
1. Take Over-the-Counter Pain Medication
Nowadays, a root canal isn’t nearly as complicated as it used to be and, as such, the aching you feel afterward isn’t as severe as it used to be.
Since it is so mild, taking over-the-counter painkillers like Ibuprofen or Naproxen should be enough to soothe the pain. Make sure, of course, to always take them as indicated in the instructions.
2. Avoiding Chewing on the Area That Was Treated
As you can imagine (and feel), the affected tooth is particularly sensitive during the recovery process. Using it to chew and bite will do nothing but cause even more pain. So, for a couple of days, give that area a rest.
If you want to be extra careful, for a few days after the treatment, avoid eating any hard foods. As your tooth heals, go back to your regular diet.
3. Brush Your Teeth Gently
At first, you might be a bit scared to use a toothbrush on the sensitive area but it’s very important that you keep it clean.
Make sure to be extra gentle when brushing it so that you don’t cause more pain. Going in slow circling motions is usually a good idea. And of course, don’t forget to floss as well!
Root Canal Recovery: When to Seek Medical Help
If you follow our suggestions, as well as the aftercare tips your dentist shared with you, your root canal should heal properly.
But unfortunately, things aren’t always this easy.
So keep an eye on your mouth and call your doctor if:
- The pain doesn’t decrease even after a few days of taking painkillers;
- Your bite feels off;
- The inside or outside of your mouth is still swollen after a few days.
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Life!
Your teeth are one of the first things people see when they meet you and who doesn’t want to show off a beautiful, healthy smile?
Taking care of your teeth and avoiding having to go through experiences like a root canal recovery again is easier than you think. All you need to do eat healthily, brush your teeth and floss every day, and go to the dentist regularly.
So why not schedule an appointment now? We’ll be thrilled to help you get the smile of your dreams!