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What to Expect After Root Canal Therapy

September 17, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — brookwooddentalteam @ 12:37 am
Model of root canal

There’s a big misconception out there that root canal therapy is a horrible, painful procedure that is something to be feared. Fortunately, this isn’t true in the slightest. Thanks to modern anesthetics, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort throughout the duration of the procedure. However, it will take a few days for you to completely recover from the treatment. Read on to learn what you can expect after undergoing root canal therapy.

How Does Root Canal Therapy Work?

During root canal therapy, your dentist will first administer a local anesthetic to ensure that you’re comfortable throughout the treatment. Once the area is completely numbed, a small hole will be made in the enamel so all infected and damaged tissues can be removed from the inside of the tooth. Afterwards, the tooth will be cleaned out and sanitized so it’s completely free of bacteria. Lastly, the tooth is filled with a biocompatible material.

What Can You Expect During the Recovery Period?

Initial Sensitivity

After your root canal, you can expect to experience some sensitivity and soreness. Since this is a minor surgery, your mouth will need a little time to heal. To manage discomfort afterwards, closely follow your dentist’s instructions. Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, can help to reduce pain and swelling. Try sticking to softer food to avoid biting down too hard at this time.

Intermediary Recovery

Following your procedure, your tooth will be sealed with a permanent or temporary filling. If a temporary filling has been placed, you shouldn’t chew on the tooth until it has been restored by your dentist. The initial swelling should go down after a couple of days. If it doesn’t, give your dentist a call so they can make sure there aren’t any underlying issues.

Permanent Restoration

To ensure the long-term health of your tooth, you should return to your dentist to have it restored at a second appointment. A crown or another restoration often needs to be placed to help the tooth regain its full strength and function. Ultimately, by keeping up with your dental visits, it’s more likely that it will stay healthy for years to come.

If you have root canal therapy coming up, you have nothing to worry about. By following the instructions of your dentist, your smile will be good as new and pain-free in no time!

About the Author

Dr. Michelle Ardzinski is an experienced dentist who has been working in the field for over a decade. She earned her dental doctorate from the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, graduating magna cum laude. If you’re in need of root canal therapy, she would be happy to help! To learn more about root canal therapy or to schedule an appointment at her office in Lansdale, visit her website or call (215) 368-2424.

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