Don’t dread your root canal.
Here is some good news: A root canal procedure is the first step toward relieving the tooth and nerve pain you’ve been dealing with for months.
Look forward to having your infection cleared up and your oral health restored. And when you follow these five tips for root canal recovery, your mouth will be pain-free even faster than you could imagine.
1. Finish Your Antibiotic Prescription
Your dentist is a trained medical professional. If you are prescribed an oral antibiotic following your root canal, take it. You must finish the full regimen of pills to reap the most benefit.
If you start to feel like yourself again halfway through your prescription, that is ideal, but don’t stop taking the pills. Infection can set in faster than you may realize and set you back in your recovery, perhaps even causing you to have to undergo the procedure all over again.
2. Watch Your Diet
Don’t eat anything until your mouth has regained feeling following your root canal to avoid accidentally injuring your tongue or the inside of your cheeks. Once feeling has returned, only eat soft foods for the first 48 hours, but make sure you are still receiving plenty of nutrients to speed your recovery.
Don’t smoke or drink alcohol — opt for water and try fresh fruit or vegetable smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt or other healthy dietary options. Don’t bite down or chew on the affected side of your mouth for at least two days.
3. Resume Oral Care Immediately
Your mouth may be sensitive, but don’t neglect brushing and flossing. If you are unable to brush or floss the affected teeth due to discomfort, rinse with warm salt water in the meantime. This will clear out bacteria and prevent plaque buildup.
4. Use Anti-inflammatory Medication to Relieve Pain
When you’re trying to recover from any kind of oral surgery, root canals included, don’t be a hero. “Toughing it out” will only tire you out. If you are feeling pain, take Advil or Motrin to relieve inflammation, reduce swelling and minimize discomfort.
This will help you maintain a positive attitude and bounce back faster than if you tried to recover without a pain reliever.
5. Don’t Wait to Alert Your Dentist of Complications
A root canal will most likely leave you feeling a bit sore, but you should not feel the level of pain you did prior to your visit. If so, this could be a sign you have an infection.
Other signs of complications include swelling, pressure and tenderness in the gums. Complications from a root canal don’t just disappear — you need professional dental treatment. Call your dentist right away.
At Oak Hills Dentistry, you can expect the best results from all dental work, including root canal treatment. Why not trust the experts? Call our office today to make an appointment and take the first step toward lasting oral pain relief.