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3 Aftercare Tips Following a Root Canal Treatment

3 Aftercare Tips Following a Root Canal Treatment

In our earlier blog, we talked about How to Avoid Getting a Root Canal Treatment and debunking the (not so) painful truth about the procedure.

We understand that things don’t always go as planned, and that is why we are here. You probably have a lot of questions…A great place to start is what you can expect after your root canal treatment. A few symptoms you may notice are:

  • Uncomfortable or dull toothache
  • Sensitivity to biting pressure
  • Rough areas around the tooth
  • A small bubble in your gum tissue

These things are completely normal! Most root canal side effects will only last a few days, and they indicate that your mouth is healing! Taking proper care of your tooth and mouth post-surgery will aid in the healing time and discomfort.

To help speed up your recovery time, check out these 3 simple tips!

Take Pain-Relievers One Hour After Your Treatment

Within the hour of leaving the office, make sure to take a dose of pain-relievers. Doing this before anesthesia subsides will keep any discomfort at bay. Our most common recommendation is ibuprofen (Nuprin, Advil, Motrin). These are anti-inflammatories and will also subdue swelling.

Avoid Certain Types of Foods

Typical, we know! But it is important to avoid sticky, soft, or crunchy food and candy. These foods can dislodge the temporary material or fracture your tooth.

A few examples of foods to avoid are:

  • Caramels
  • Chewing Gum
  • Carrots
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Apples
  • Bread

Also, when you do eat, try to chew on the opposing side of where your surgery took place to avoid any potential incident.

Don’t Worry Too Much About Swelling

Mild swelling and bruising may follow your root canal treatment. These effects occur in the anesthetic point of entry and should subside in a short time. If you experience an excessive amount of swelling, make sure to call us! Any medications we may prescribe should also help with swelling so ensure to read each label and stick to the regimen!

Remember – we want you to be as comfortable as possible with any procedure. So please call Main Street Dental Clinics if you have any questions regarding our treatments.

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