Dr. Kelly Clarke, DDS
Kelly R. Clarke, DDS

5 Tips for Self-Care following a Root Canal

Self-Care following a Root Canal | Laser Dentistry

Getting a root canal is no longer the scary procedure it was in the past. Modern dentistry has made the process more comfortable and efficient for patients. Local anesthetic ensures that you don't feel anything during the procedure and your recovery process will go smoothly if you follow these 5 tips:

  • Wait to eat until your numbness wears off to will help you avoid biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Brush and floss the treated tooth gently, carefully, and daily to keep it clean and avoid any further infection.
  • Avoid biting down with the tooth that has been treated until it has been restored with a permanent restoration.
  • Contact your dentist if the pain lasts for more than a few days or you experience swelling after the first few days.
  • After healing, return to the dentist promptly to have your tooth restored with either a permanent filling or dental crown.

Some Soreness is Normal

What isn't typical is if the pain lingers beyond a few days, or your original symptoms return. You should expect that your tooth may feel sore or tender for the first few days after root canal therapy. You can use over-the-counter or prescription pain medication as needed. This is quite normal. You should also contact your dentist if you experience swelling inside or outside of your mouth after the first few days.

Building Your Tooth Back Up

After root canal therapy, your tooth is not as strong as it once was. Your dentist will recommend either a permanent filling or dental crown to strengthen your tooth and ensure that you have all the function you once had. It's essential to complete this step of the process to prevent any further damage or fractures to your tooth structure.

If you have questions about root canals in Bradenton, FL, contact your team at Laser Dentistry for more information.