An estimated 41,000 root canal procedures are carried out every day in the US—that adds up to over 15 million annually!
For most dentists, saving the patient’s tooth is top priority. So when a simple filling won’t do, dentists recommend a root canal first.
Unlike a complete tooth extraction, root canal treatments aim to remove just the damaged interior of the tooth. This saves the natural tooth, which can be strengthened later through restorative procedures.
If you’re preparing for a root canal, here are some of our top recommendations that’ll help you recover faster and get the best possible results.
Decrease Stress on Tooth
After the treatment, your mouth area is bound to become more sensitive to pain. Moreover, it will also be unprotected, and thus more susceptible to damage.
For the next few days, don’t consume foods that are too hot or require a lot of chewing to avoid any post-op complications.
Consume Soft Foods
While it’s customary to experience some pain after the procedure, there are ways you can alleviate it.
Stick to soft foods that require minimal chewing. Soft foods—such as canned food, white bread, mashed potatoes, and ice cream—are just some options your doctor might recommend.
Brush Teeth Gently
Brush your teeth after the surgery with extra care. Over-brushing can aggravate the area and isn’t recommended after the surgery.
Most dentists will also suggest that you floss your teeth. Don’t rush the task, and take your time to floss around the area carefully.
Get Restorative Treatment
The root canal surgery will leave your tooth unprotected. During the procedure, the infected pulp will be drained, and the insides will be cleaned out. Your tooth will be brittle and more susceptible to damage as a result.
It’s best to schedule your restoration treatment—which is generally a crown placement—as soon as possible after the root canal. A crown will keep the tooth from breaking later on.
Taking Prescribed Medication
Doctors will prescribe pain medication as needed. With modern techniques, root canal treatments cause very little pain. If you’re experiencing severe pain, it’s best to contact your dentist before popping any pills.
A dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to avoid an infection. Don’t discontinue the dosage even if you’re not experiencing any pain.
If you’re experiencing pain in your teeth, Rapha Dental offers a free first consultation—including an x-ray—to all our patients.
We specialize in fillings, tooth extractions, and New Jersey root canal in Cinnaminson. To find out if a root canal treatment is the best option for you, book an appointment today by calling at 856-829-8668 or getting in touch here.
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