If your dentist recommends a root canal, you likely have an infected or damaged tooth. While a root canal is often the best option for restoring your tooth and relieving pain, you have to undergo the procedure. This is a restorative dental treatment.
After a root canal, it is important to practice proper dental hygiene habits. Here are some dos and don’ts for taking care of a root canal:
Follow your dentist’s instructions regarding the use of the affected area. The tooth may be sensitive for a few days after the treatment, so biting down, chewing, or using the area at all may cause discomfort.
Refrain from eating or drinking until the anesthetic wears off. Your mouth may be numb for a few hours, but eating or drinking could cause serious damage, including lacerations or punctures of the soft tissues.
Avoid strenuous physical activity for a day or two. Bending, lifting, and twisting can dislodge the permanent restoration.
When you finish your root canal, your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to take care of the tooth and gums. You should plan to see your dentist for a follow-up appointment within a few weeks of the root canal.
During the follow-up appointment, your dentist will check that the tooth is healing properly. They will also remove any stitches, if necessary, and check for signs of infection.
If the dentist has prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take all of the medication as directed to prevent any infection and eliminate harmful bacteria.
Once a tooth has been treated with a root canal, the treated tooth will be more prone to decay and breakage. Because of this, you will need to take extra care to ensure the treated tooth stays healthy and doesn’t become infected. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, and be sure to schedule regular checkups with your dentist.
A standard toothbrush may be too harsh for a root canal. Instead, opt for an ultra-soft or soft-bristled toothbrush. This type of toothbrush will help you clean your teeth and gums without irritating the area.
Wish to learn more about a root canal? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Pham at Silver Summit Dental by calling us at (801) 542-0998, or visit our office at 5734 13400 S, Herriman, UT, 84096, between Monday to Friday for a consultation.
5734 W 13400 S
Herriman, UT, 84096
Silver Summit Dental
5734 W 13400 S
Tel: (801) 542-0998
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