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Taking Care of a Root Canal

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Since a root canal is a major dental procedure, it is natural to experience some pain afterward. The process involves deep cleaning inside the canals of your tooth, which are the root's inner chambers. This can lead to irritation in the surrounding nerves and gums.

However, the pain doesn't last forever. You may experience some mild discomfort and density as the local anesthesia wears off. To help make sure your pain remains minimal. You can follow the following tips.

  • Take some over-the-counter pain relief medications such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). Remember to check in with your dentist and doctor before taking these to ensure they don't interact with prescriptions or supplements you already take.
  • Avoid eating hard foods for a day or two. It is especially crucial to avoid hard foods right after the root canal.
  • Try to reduce the number of sugary foods and drinks in your diet, which can deter your oral health.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Take special care of the area around the tooth with the root canal.
  • Floss at least once a day, preferably before going to bed. This will help prevent further infections.
  • To ensure your root canal lasts long, schedule regular cleanings with the dentist. This will also keep your teeth healthy, discourage the build of any infection that can lead you to another root canal.

If the pain doesn't go away after a few days of the root canal, then your teeth may have some underlying issues that need to be addressed. If taking pain medications isn't helping, then it is time to consult your dentist about it.

Posted on Feb 8, 2021
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