January 12, 2016

The Details of Recovering After Root Canal Treatment

If you have to get a root canal you might be wondering what the recovery will look & feel like for you. Recovery is extremely important, especially after root canal treatment. So, to help you fully recover after you have had your dental pulp or tooth nerve removed, we recommend doing the following things:

Take prescribed medications
Medications are known to help with the pain, discomfort, and soreness you might feel after surgery. Because of this, your doctor will prescribe a certain medication to you. Please take this medicine as recommended. If your dentist or endodontist has not given you prescriptions, you can use over-the-counter pain medication, like Advil or Motrin.

Avoid using that tooth
We strongly recommend that you do not use the treated tooth if your doctor has not filled or covered the tooth with a dental filling or a dental crown. Try to chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth so you prevent recontamination and infection.

Brush and floss
Brushing and flossing your smile normally will help you tremendously. It will keep your mouth clean and healthy. If you need recommendations on how to properly clean your smile, please don’t be afraid to ask us!

Watch out for problems
Some problems associated with root canal recovery include oral swelling, an allergic reaction to medications, an uneven bite, or the return of original symptoms. If you experience one or more of these problems, please call our office immediately for treatment.

We generally recommend that patients rest at least 24 hours after treatment. However, every patient is different and we might give you a different recommendation. So, no matter what we tell you, make sure you give your smile the recovery time it needs.

These five recovery tips will help you achieve the strong and healthy smile you are looking for. We care for you and your oral health and we want you to completely recover to the best of your abilities. If you need help doing so or if you have any questions, please feel free to call Exceptional Dentistry at 661.349.7725. Dr. James D. Powell is happy to help you in any way he can and he looks forward to hearing from you!