You might have a root canal procedure approaching, or you might require one in the future (knock on wood). They can be a daunting procedure, for the most part because of misinformation and how they’ve been portrayed in the media over the years. However, as we’ve said in one of our past blogs, root canals are in place as one of the best ways to save a severely infected toot and can help avoid removing a tooth completely.
To help you prepare for an upcoming root canal, we thought we’d take a look at the best tips for how you can take of yourself, and your mouth, post procedure.
Immediately after your root canal
Anaesthesia can take an hour or two to wear off, so it’s best to avoid drinking hot beverages and eating any food until the numbness has worn off. If you eat or drink you run the risk of burning your mouth, seriously bite your mouth or cheek, or even bite down on your newly completed dental work. One hour after you leave your appointment, take a dose of pain-relievers. If you do this before the anaesthesia wears off, this will help prevent sudden discomfort from occurring. Your endodontist will recommend which pain-relievers they think will be suitable for you.
Avoid certain foods
We know this might be an obvious tip, but it’s easy to forget. If your mouth is still feeling tender, avoid sticky, soft or crunchy food, such as carrots, apples, corn on the cob, chewing gum and lollies. Also, be mindful of which side you chew on – as strange as it might feel, chewing on the opposite side of your mouth only can help.
Brushing and flossing
After a root canal, it’s as important as ever to keep up with your regular brushing and flossing routine. Your teeth and gums still need proper care, so it’s important to be gentle and thorough when brushing the treated tooth.
Discomfort is completely normal
Experiencing tenderness or discomfort is completely normal after a root canal, and the best way to treat this is with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Swelling is also normal, but if you feel as though the pain or swelling is becoming unbearable or a little concerning, it’s best to contact your endodontist as soon as possible.
At Dental on Clarendon, we want you to feel as comfortable as possible when it comes to your root canal, or with any dental procedure. If you’re experiencing any concerns about your upcoming root canal, or any unexpected discomfort post-procedure, then please contact our friendly team.