Root canal procedures may be seen as scary and dangerous. But don't you worry, they're relatively safe and essential in treating the infected or damaged tooth. It is done to repair and save the tooth.
A root canal is done when the pulp of the tooth, composed of nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged. During the therapy, the infected pulp is removed and the chamber cleaned and sealed. After the procedure, proper care should be taken to prevent further damage and allow the teeth to heal faster.
Elevate Your Head While Sleeping
After the procedure, you will experience swelling and pain around the area of the treated tooth. You can minimize the pain by elevating your head while sleeping during the first few days after the procedure.
Also, you have to make sure to not eat anything right away after the procedure. Wait until the numbness goes away before feasting on your favorite snacks.
Gargle Salted Warm Water
The gums around the treated tooth are prone to infection after the procedure. It is best to rinse your mouth with salted warm water to keep the mouth clean and ward off any infection that may occur.
Take Pain Medication
You will likely experience pain and discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. It can be managed by taking OTC anti-inflammatory pain medication.
Avoid Strenuous Activities
Make sure to not engage in any heavy physical activities for a few days after the procedure. Activities like running, hiking, or playing sports must be avoided.
Avoid Habits That Can Cause Inflammation
Avoid habits that are known to cause inflammation in the gums. This could cause pain and swelling that could slow down your recovery. These are:
Have an Ice Cream and Use a Cold Compress
After a root canal procedure, it is advised to eat ice cream. The cold helps to lessen the chances of inflammation and to ward off any infection that may occur in the future. It is also a good idea to hold a cold compress on the treated area for the first few days.
Visit Wayne H Mori, D.M.D., 700 NE Multnomah St Suite 850, Portland, OR 97232 for an easy root canal procedure. Contact us at (503) 230-8814 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.