No one likes to hear that they need root canal treatment. However, despite common misconceptions, many patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure. In fact, the nature of the treatment actually removes the source of inflammation and pain directly. Therefore, while individuals may experience some degree of post-operative tenderness and sensitivity, most patients will feel relief after their procedure is complete – especially if they were suffering a painful abscess beforehand. Additionally, closely following the post-surgical guidelines provided by Dr. John VandenBrink can help you enjoy a quick and successful recovery from root canal therapy. Today, our team at Glenora Family Dental clinic will share 5 tips and tricks that will help you do just that.
Root Canal Therapy: A Brief Overview
Before we discuss our tips and tricks to recovery, let’s briefly review what is involved in root canal treatment. During your procedure, Dr. VandenBrink will remove the infected tissues, nerves, and blood vessels from inside the tooth. After thoroughly disinfecting the surfaces, he will fill the canals with a rubber-like dental material. Finally, the tooth will be sealed with a filling, and in some cases, a dental crown will be placed to restore your bite back to normal function.
Most patients can resume normal activities following their root canal treatment. However, it is a good idea to follow a few recommendations to help make your experience as stress-free and comfortable as possible.
Practice excellent oral hygiene.
Following a dental procedure, you may be inclined to avoid the area for a few days. While this is understandable, it is also important to brush and floss the treated tooth right away. You may need to exercise caution for the first day or two, and brush more gently; however, removing plaque from teeth surfaces and stimulating the gums are crucial for a timely recovery.
Take all prescription medications as directed.
If root canal therapy is necessary, then active infection is present. For this reason, Dr. VandenBrink may prescribe antibiotics to eliminate any bacteria. You will most likely be instructed to continue this medication after your procedure to eradicate any residual infection.
Be cognizant of your discomfort level.
As aforementioned, many patients experience minimal pain following root canal therapy. However, the gums around the teeth may feel sore or irritated for a few days after your procedure. This can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen. It may be beneficial to take a dose preemptively the day of your appointment.
Avoid placing excessive pressure on the tooth.
Any tenderness can be aggravated by excessive force or pressure on the treated tooth. Therefore, we recommend that you avoid chewing on that side of your mouth for a few days. Additionally, if you have a tendency to clench or grind your teeth, you may wish to consider wearing a night guard to increase your comfort level.
Avoid chewy, hard, and crunchy foods.
For the most part, you will be able to function normally following root canal treatment. It is still a good idea to avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods for a few days. This includes:
- Hard candy
Contact our dental office in Edmonton, AB to learn more
If you have undergone root canal therapy, or you are about to have your procedure, knowing what to expect can help you enjoy a comfortable recovery. To learn more, schedule a visit with Dr. VandenBrink at our dental practice located on 124th St. between Stony Plain Rd. and 107 Ave., or give us a call at (780) 452-5700 or contact us online.