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How To Recover After A Root Canal Procedure

root canal procedureEveryone wants to have clean and healthy teeth. A clean set of teeth and healthy gums isn’t just achieved for vanity’s sake but a necessity for everyone. However, some people tend to overlook the importance of having strong set’s of teeth. Improper oral hygiene is the common cause of various tooth infections. Fortunately, tooth infection can now be removed through a process called “Endodontic Therapy” or often referred to as “Root Canal.”

Endodontic therapy is a procedure wherein the tooth’s pulp is treated to eliminate infection and protect it from any anticipated contamination, which may lead to a more serious tooth problem. The entire process involves removal of some cellular entities in the pulp chamber, followed by shaping and cleaning, decontamination through irrigating solutions, and finally filling the tooth canal with some eugenol-based cement and binding it with epoxy resin. Root canal is not a fearsome dental operation as what others think since pain is usually the main concern. Although this process is said to be painless, some people claim to have experienced some recovery symptoms. But it still varies upon every individual.

Below are some helpful tips for your post- root canal recovery:

  1. During the root canal procedure, eat only with one side of your mouth and avoid using your treated teeth until the filling has been placed and the whole process is finished.
  2. After the procedure, refrain from eating and drinking for a few hours.
  3.  A manageable amount of pain and minor sensitivity is normal after the procedure but if you can’t tolerate it, analgesics like ibuprofen and naproxen should be taken right away or even an ice pack will suffice. The pain should not prevent you from doing your normal activities. Otherwise, consult your dentist.
  4. If the pain still persist after a week or two, it’s no longer normal. Still, the wisest thing to do is to visit or call your dentist as this may indicate a problem with the filling.
  5. Aside from painkillers, your dentist may also recommend anti-bacterial treatment to avoid future tooth problems. You may or may not take it depending on your current tooth condition.
  6. Regularly brush and floss your teeth. Proper care and maintenance of oral hygiene is still best in order to prevent tooth decay and other tooth related problems.

The whole recovery after the procedure may take time and requires patience. But once your teeth have been fully recovered, you can already eat again with both sides of your mouth and comfortably enjoy your favorite food. Nevertheless, your teeth may still be susceptible to cavities even after the treatment without proper care and hygiene. Go for healthy teeth and be ready to flash your brightest smile. It can boost your confidence as well.

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Michael J. Cerminaro, DDS

Norton Shores Dental Suites
755 Seminole Road, Suite 102 Muskegon, Michigan 49441
Telephone: (231) 780-1100

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