Root canals are a serious dental procedure meant to treat tooth decay and rot. So, if you’ve recently had a root canal, you may be wondering how to take care of it post-surgery. Here are a few things you should know when dealing with your root canal.
Make sure you fully understand what a root canal is before and after the surgery. The tooth is connected to your gums and jaw via the root. When tooth decay sets in the roots are at risk for infection, and proper measures must be taken. Therefore, the infected pulp within the tooth must be removed and filled to prevent further damage.
Since the tooth is usually fragile after the surgery, a root canal procedure is almost always followed by a dental crown/cap to prevent damage or direct contact with the tooth. However, if your tooth initially cannot withstand the filling the in the first place, your dentist may opt for other methods.
You should expect to feel a numb or tender feeling surrounding your entire mouth, and sometimes facial area. This can either be due to the anesthetic that was administered during the surgery or the impact of the surgery itself. Your jaw will also feel very stiff once done, due to it being open for longer periods of time than its normally used too.
Normally, the pain can be treated with your normal over the counter medication and doesn’t require any special treatments. It is also important that you get plenty of rest, as with any surgery the body is more prone to fatigue.
Root canals, like any other dental procedure, require oral hygiene attention. Brush and floss like you usually would, and be sure to use an antiseptic to flush out harmful bacteria every now and again.
Once your root canal procedure has been completed, be sure to schedule follow-up visits with your dentist to make sure the healing process is going as smoothly as possible. And of course, keep up to date with regular cleanings.