Root canal recovery is very important. If you don’t take it seriously, additional problems could occur and your smile could be ruined. So, to fully recover from the therapy, please do the following things:
Take prescribed medications
Many dentists and endodontists prescribe medications to their patients after root canal therapy. If this is the case for you, make sure you take the medication as recommended. If you do not have prescribed medication, you can take over-the-counter medication, like Advil and Motrin.
Avoid using that tooth
If your doctor has not filled or covered your tooth with a dental filling or dental crown yet, please avoid chewing with that tooth. If you use the treated tooth, your risks of contaminating or infecting the tooth again are severely high.
Brush and floss
It’s best to brush and floss your teeth like normal so you can keep your mouth clean and healthy. If you are concerned about brushing and flossing, please feel free to talk to your dentist or endodontist for suggestions.
Watch out for problems
Even though problems are rare, we recommend keeping an eye out for oral swelling, an allergic reaction to medication, the return of original symptoms, or an uneven bite. If you experience one or more of these problems, please call our office as soon as possible.
Resting is very important and we recommend taking it easy for at least 24 hours after your treatment. Resting will help you and your smile recuperate and heal. If your doctor recommends resting for a longer period of time, please do as he says.
Root canal therapy is a beneficial and necessary treatment if you have a tooth nerve or dental pulp that has been decayed or infected. The therapy is simple and it finally relieves the excruciating pain you have been feeling in the last few days. Now, if you recover fully, you will have a strong and healthy smile once again.
If you would like to know more or if you need additional tips, we welcome and encourage your phone calls. Dr. Elliot Einbinder and our entire team at Wellwood Family Dentistry are here to help you in any way we can and we will be happy to tell you everything we know about root canal recovery. Just call 410.486.3898 today!