Root Canal Aftercare
A root canal is a treatment that is designed to remove infected tissue from the root canals of the tooth. This procedure may be completed in one to two dental visits. If the tooth was extremely painful before the treatment, you may continue to experience some sensitivity as the inflammation subsides. This generally only lasts a few days and should quickly decrease as you heal.
After your treatment, you will need to avoid drinking anything hot or extra cold. You will also want to hold off on eating until your mouth is no longer numb to reduce the risk of injury. Take a mild pain reliever such as an over-the-counter ibuprofen to minimize discomfort as needed. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth as much as possible particularly when eating anything hard or sticky. Brush the tooth along with your other teeth. You may need to avoid flossing if the temporary filling is located between teeth. We will explain alternative ways to clean the tooth if needed.
If the pain continues for several days or worsens after treatment, call us to let us know. A follow-up appointment may be needed. Finally, you will need to schedule an appointment for your permanent restoration after the tooth fully heals. This may take two to four weeks after your root canal is complete.
Taking a few steps to protect your newly treated tooth can help ensure you heal properly and reduce the likelihood of complications. Call us today to schedule your appointment with our expert in root canal in Los Angeles.
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