Caring for a Tooth after a Root Canal

Toronto Root Canal Infections

When a tooth suffers damage from tooth decay and cavities, the treatment plan depends on the severity of the problem. Some issues can be solved with a filling and a rigorous cleaning; other issues require more aggressive tactics. When the infection reaches the root canal of the tooth, more involved treatment is required. During a root canal procedure, a dentist removes the infected nerve and pulp from the center of the tooth, and then seals the tooth and tops it off with a dental crown.

A cosmetic dentist will perform several root canals each year, and the success rate for the procedure is extremely high. But while a root canal may be routine, the procedure’s true success depend on much more than just what happens in the dentist’s office. Proper aftercare is crucial in the days following a root canal to avoid the bacteria growth that can lead to an infection or abscess. But by following a few simple rules, you can help avoid an infection and ensure that your dental work is a long lasting success.

Be Aware of Your Dental Work

For the best results, you must be your own advocate. Some pain can be expected after a root canal, but other reactions can be indicative of a more serious issue like an infection. Whether you’re experiencing an uneven and uncomfortable bite or persistent pain and swelling around your dental crowns, report any problems to your dentist immediately.

Eating and Drinking after a Root Canal

Everyone has to eat, but the time immediately following a root canal procedure is a time in which special attention must be given to safeguard the mouth and maintain comfort. It is generally advised that you not eat immediately after a root canal while the mouth is still numb from Novocain or other anesthetics. Not only do you run the risk of biting your tongue or cheek and causing injury to yourself, but biting down hard and improperly while your mouth is numb could potentially damage a crown freshly set after your root canal, causing inflammation and possible infection.

Of course you are free to eat and drink as normal once the anesthesia has worn off (generally, two to fours after treatment). You may experience some minor tooth sensitivity for a day or two afterward, but in most cases this can be managed simply with over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

After root canal treatment, patients should maintain proper hygiene techniques such as brushing twice daily, flossing daily, and regularly seeing the dentist. This practice will prevent or limit future dental problems and allow dentists to identify dental problems when they are still in their early stages of development.

Contact Our Toronto Root Canal Experts Today

Now that you have the facts on the root canal procedure, you’re ready to get the dental work you need to maintain a healthy smile. Contact us to book an appointment with a skilled cosmetic dentist at The Art of Dentistry. We look forward to seeing you!

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