The best way to prepare for a root canal is by educating yourself about the process. While it is important to know what to do before the procedure, you should also be aware of what will happen after the dentist finishes the procedure. Here is what to expect from your root canal recovery.
Once the root canal is finished, you will need to take it easy until the anesthesia wears off. If the area was numbed, you should avoid chewing until the numbness disappears, so that you can avoid accidentally biting your tongue or cheek. If you were completely sedated, recovering from the anesthesia may take a bit longer; you may need to bring someone with you to the clinic who can drive you home afterwards.
In the days following the procedure, your tooth may feel strange or tender as your body begins the natural healing process. There may also be some residual pain that can be handled with over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Try to minimize chewing with the tooth in question so that you do not accidentally damage it again.
After a week or so, you should return to Waterside Dental so that our experienced dentists can reexamine your tooth, ensure the infection has been eliminated, and determine what steps to take next. If the tooth has healed correctly, it will be permanently sealed to protect it from future problems. A tooth crown may be recommended if the tooth has become discolored.
In the long term, make sure that you take care of the tooth that was treated as well as the rest of your teeth and mouth. Floss at least once a day, brush regularly, and use an antiseptic mouthwash. Good oral hygiene is the key to preventing future problems.
If you need a root canal in Port Charlotte, Waterside Dental will be happy to help. Contact us today to set up an appointment.