HOW TO RECOVER FROM A ROOT CANAL

Posted Apr 15th, 2018

Root Canal Edmonton AB

Finding out that you need a root canal isn’t exactly the trip to Disneyland you were hoping for, but it’s nothing to worry about. As one of the most common dental procedures, a root canal is done to help preserve your tooth— rather than pulling it out and giving you something like a dental implant. During your root canal, we will remove the infection from the tooth and the surrounding roots. After the procedure, we will send you home to recover. 


What Does Recovery Entail? 

Because a root canal isn’t a large surgical procedure, recovery is fairly straightforward and easy.

Take NSAIDs

As your anesthesia wears off, you may start to experience a little pain. Luckily, you can get rid of this pain by taking an over the counter pain reliever like Tylenol. You shouldn’t have to take it for more than a couple of days. If your pain persists or worsens, contact Today’s Dental, and we can give you further instructions.

Avoid Chewing With That Tooth

If your face is still numb after surgery, we will encourage you to avoid eating or drinking until you gain feeling back in your face. Once you are ready to start eating again, we encourage patients to avoid chewing on that side for a few days and to eat soft foods as necessary.

Eat Soft Foods

For the first day after your root canal, try to avoid hard-to-chew foods like steak and apples. Instead, try eating softer foods like shredded chicken, soups, toast, and smoothies. The less strain you place on your jaw and teeth— the faster you’ll feel like yourself again.

If you need a root canal, we have got you covered. If you have any questions about your root canal recovery once you are sent home, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office: 780-489-1010.

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