Just the words root canal is enough to strike fear in the hearts of many who have had to have one done before. Preparing for a root canal at any Aurora dentists can be scarier than actually recovering from the procedure itself. With that being said, read on for some tips for recovering from a root canal as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Always Take Your Antibiotics
In most cases, the teeth that required this dental procedure were hurting to begin with and you were given an antibiotic by the Aurora dentists to ensure there was no infection before the procedure was performed. It is extremely important to take every bit of the antibiotic that you were given before and after the procedure. Just because you are feeling better doesn’t mean that you should stop taking the medicine, always take every bit of it to ensure that infection doesn’t set in.
Give the Numbness Time to Wear Off
It is very important to give the numbness time to wear off before you eat or drink anything. It is very easy to bite your lip or the inside of your mouth and not even realize you are doing it. It is also really easy to burn your mouth, if you drink something to hot and you won’t know it until the numbness wears off. It is best to wait the amount of time it takes to recover before you eat or drink anything.
Avoid Crunchy, Hard, or Tough Foods
Avoiding crunchy, hard, or tough foods is important in the first few days following a root canal. If you eat this type of food, it is possible that you will do damage to the tooth and have to go back to have more work done.
Take Over the Counter Pain Medications
It is possible that the area the procedure was performed in will be tender and sore for a few days. Taking over the counter pain medications will help with the pain as will steering clear of liquids that are to hot or too cold.
These are just a few tips to help patients recover from a dreaded root canal. From taking over the counter pain medications to taking all of your antibiotics, you will recover nicely by following the tips above to the tee. If you have any problems, it is best to contact your dentist for more information. For more information, visit Green Dental.