During the root canal procedure, diseased pulp is removed from a tooth’s root canal. You will need a root canal treatment (RCT) if you have an infected pulp or an abscess around the root of a tooth. You may also need RCT because of a damaged tooth. If you have recently had RCT, here is what to expect:
You Will be Prescribed Medication
If you were prescribed pain medication, take it according to the instructions rather than waiting for the pain to become unbearable. You should also make sure to take antibiotics, as these are necessary for fighting off infection. Read and follow the instructions. If you are allergic to any medications or have other prescriptions, be sure to tell your dental care provider.
Follow Up Visits With Your Endodontist Will be Necessary
If you have a temporary crown, you may need to have it replaced with a permanent one. Your endodontist may also want to check your tooth to see if it is healing. If you have any questions, ask them during these visits.
Healing may be slower if you smoke. You should definitely give up smoking altogether at least for the first 48 hours after the procedure. If you cannot do this, place wet gauze on the site of the surgery while you smoke.
You Will Still Need to Brush and Floss Daily
Routine dental hygiene is essential for all of your teeth including a tooth that has received RCT. Note that some sensitivity is normal, especially when you apply pressure to the tooth. When flossing, be careful. If you feel the floss getting caught on your temporary filling, stop.
What to Do if Your Temporary Filling Comes Out
Note that until your root canal has been finalized, you should consider the tooth fragile. Avoid chewing with it. If it does come loose, clean it and place it back onto the tooth using temporary cement.
A tooth that has received a root canal treatment can last as long as your other teeth last, but only if you practice good dental hygiene.
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