Post-Root Canal Tips

Post-Root Canal Tips

After seeing your dentist in Denver, CO, about a root canal, you’ll need to follow some guidelines to ensure a full recovery. These guidelines will help you avoid any post-root canal complications. After oral surgery, Dr. O’Grady will give you the following post-root canal tips

Next Steps Following a Root Canal

There’s a common misconception that root canals hurt. However, it’s the tooth infection that has been causing tooth pain. Root canals are completely painless. Dr. O’Grady will numb the area before performing a root canal. When the medicine wears off, you can expect the area to be tender for a few days. It’s completely normal to feel a slight soreness in your jaw. The use of over-the-counter medications can help minimize any soreness. Dr. O’Grady highly recommends following the prescription directions carefully because they can make you feel drowsy. If for any reason you start to feel pain post-root canal, then contact your emergency dentist immediately.

The following symptoms suggest contacting an emergency dentist in Denver, CO:

  • Extreme pain or pressure for longer than a couple of days.
  • Visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth
  • Allergic reaction to medications (rash, hives, or itching)
  • Uneven bite
  • Temporary crown/filling comes out

Eating After a Root Canal

After your treatment, wait until the numbness in your mouth is gone before you eat. In fact, do not eat or drink anything for the next half hour. Avoid touching the area with your tongue or finger. This may cause a bacterial infection. Temporary crowns or fillings usually take about half an hour to set. Avoid biting down on anything with that tooth, especially if it is hard. Our friend Dr. Wade, a dentist in Pinellas Park, FL, says that biting down on the area before the crown or filling is set puts the tooth at great risk of cracking. Ultimately, you could lose your tooth entirely if this happens. 

Follow-Up Appointment Post Root Canal

When you’ve finished with root canal therapy, our OG Dental team will schedule a follow-up visit. During this visit, Dr. O’Grady will make sure that everything is healing properly. We will also place your permanent crown during this appointment. Moving forward, you should have full functionality and be pain-free. In fact, root canals have a 95% success rate, so there should be no problems restoring your smile.

Contact OG Dental

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or tooth sensitivity, contact OG Dental in Denver, CO. Our team is more than happy to help. We’ll get you in for a full-mouth examination and dental x-rays and work with you to find a solution. Whether it’s a filling, root canal, or tooth extraction, you can count on OG Dental.