If you've never had a root canal, you may have only heard about the dreadful reputation that surrounds the procedure. Root canals, on the other hand, are not as terrible as you might expect.
Root canal therapy, in reality, should be viewed positively because it is a dental procedure that has many benefits like control of spreading of infection, saving badly infected teeth, and alleviation of pain. Also, with advancements in dentistry, the root canal procedure nowadays is relatively painless and simple.
In the days following a root canal, it's typical for your tooth to be a little tender, weak and brittle. Thus, following your procedure, it's critical that you follow your dentist's post-operative instructions carefully.
Eat nothing till the anesthesia has worn off. If you've been given permission to eat, avoid biting into hard or crunchy items with the area where the treated tooth is placed. Raw veggies like celery and carrots, as well as hard candies and other similar items, may be included. Also, because your teeth are sensitive, you should avoid eating a variety of meals and stick to the softest type. Ensure that you chew on the side of your mouth that was not subjected to the procedure.
Your dentist may prescribe medicines to alleviate any discomfort you may suffer following the procedure. To ensure the effectiveness of your medications, take them on time as suggested by your dentist.
Brush the treated tooth gently and normally when cleaning your mouth. If a temporary dental filling was placed in the area between teeth, flossing is not recommended. Furthermore, avoid touching the root canal tooth with your finger, tongue, or any other item to avoid persistent sensitivity.
Even if you're pain-free, don't neglect your follow-up sessions. In most situations, the filling utilized in a root canal is only meant to be temporary and you'll eventually need a crown. It's very likely that a tooth may need more than one cleaning, especially if it's extremely infected by the time you go in and that it will be damaged during the treatment. Therefore, any sort of follow-ups must not be forgotten or neglected.
As is the case with all dental procedures, certain complications may occur post root canal treatment. These include infections, the pulp not being completely removed, and the tooth shattering if correct aftercare protocols are not followed. Therefore, practicing root canal aftercare is important to get sustainable results.
Dr. Knaysi, DDS, and his team of dental assistants offer root canal treatment at Henrico, VA. For more details and appointments call us at (804) 282-6005, book online, or visit us at 8921 Three Chopt Rd #304, Henrico, VA 23229.