How to Recover from A Root Canal Treatment 

How to Recover from A Root Canal Treatment 

The nerve tissue or pulp can get inflamed due to tooth decay, crack, chip or repeated dental procedures. If left untreated, the infection can spread to the surrounding tissues and eventually damage the teeth. A root canal treatment is done to stop the spread of the infection and preserve the tooth.

What Are the Signs of Pulp Infection?

You should examine your teeth and gums for;

  • Pimples on your gums
  • Severe pain when chewing
  • A chipped or cracked tooth
  • Swollen or tender gums
  • Deep tooth decay
  • Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold foods

Aftercare Tips

A root canal treatment has a high success rate, but this will be determined by how well you take care of the teeth. Here are a few tips to use;

1. Elevate your head

After the treatment, you will experience pain and swelling which can be reduced with head elevation. You can use a wedge pillow or stuck up the pillows to keep your head elevated for a few days.

2. Use antibiotics and pain relievers

One risk of root canal treatment is tooth infection and taking antibiotics can help prevent infections. You may, however, need antibiotics before the procedure if you have a compromised immune system due to other medical conditions.

You can also use warm salt water to keep the mouth clean and bacteria-free.

3. Ice packs

After the root canal, we advise patients to eat ice cream because cold therapy helps to relieve inflammation. Use a cold compress in 20- minute intervals for the first six hours. Don’t use the ice packs for more than 60 minutes or apply them directly to the skin to avoid bruising.

4. Watch what you eat

Don’t eat anything until the numbness wears off to avoid biting your tongue or cheek. Try to eat soft foods like eggs, fish, yogurt, oatmeal, rice or soups.
Additionally, stay away from hard, crunchy, spicy or hot foods that might hurt your teeth. Avoid smoking and all other things that can cause inflammation.

FAQs

What Can I Expect After the Root Canal Therapy?

You may experience pain, swelling, inflammation, tooth sensitivity or uneven bites in the first few days, but these symptoms will soon clear up. However, call the dentist immediately when you experience severe pain, fever, or a reaction to any of the medication.

Can The Root Canal Fail?

Yes. Root canals fail for a variety of reasons including improper sealants, multiple canals, breakdown of the crown, or activities that can allow the bacteria to re-infect the root again.

When this happens, the dentist may recommend endodontic retreatment. Oral surgery is also a possibility if the damage is too severe.

Will the Root Canal Kill the Tooth?

No, a root canal doesn’t kill the affected tooth, it preserves it. Root canals remove damaged pulps or nerves from the teeth to avoid the spread of the infection to the nearby gum tissues. After the treatment, you will be able to use your teeth as normal.

Will My Tooth Turn Black?

Sometimes the teeth may become slightly discolored. It can also develop yellow stains if it bleeds internally. Luckily, you can get a tooth whitening to rectify the problem.

Which One is Better; Tooth Extractions or Root Canals?

A root canal treatment is not an invasive dental treatment and it will help you maintain a beautiful smile. Tooth extraction, on the other hand, is invasive and involves pulling of your teeth. Once you remove the teeth you will need other dental treatments to replace them. Plus, the procedure can impact your dental structure.

What Happens If I Fail to Get a Root Canal?

First, the infection will spread to other parts. Furthermore, failure to get treatment can lead to tooth loss (occurs when the root is severely decayed and has affected the bone.)

Can Root Canals Cause Cancer?

Currently, there is no evidence to support the claim.

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