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Healing Process After a Root Canal

Healing takes time. It’s as true with a root canal as it is with any other medical procedure. To avoid pre-root canal symptoms, it’s essential that you know what to expect during the healing process and what to do to keep yourself pain-free.

What To Expect When Healing

After your root canal procedure, it is completely normal to feel soreness and dull amounts of pain for a couple days. Your teeth will feel a general soreness simply from being worked on and your jaw may feel sore from the long amount of time it stayed open during the procedure.

What to Watch Out For

  • Inflammation-the roots and surrounding area of your operated tooth can get agitated during the root canal procedure. This agitation may causes swelling in the area which hinders the healing process. If swelling persists, take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Cracks in the Tooth-this is dangerous because it can lead to infection. When there is a crack in the temporary filling, food and other debris are more likely to leak through into the newly remodel root. It’s essential to keep this area clean and free of anything that may cause an infection.

What to Do

It’s crucial that you avoid chewing on your tooth to avoid damaging the temporary filling and to avoid inflammation. Eating softer foods that are gentle on your teeth will also help manage the post-operation pain. Brush and floss as you normally would to keep your teeth clean.

When inflammation and infection occur in your tooth after a root canal, there are only a few ways to fully fix this problem. Among these solutions are extracting the teeth entirely and redoing the root canal. It’s much better to take care of it the first time around.

Root canals are meant to relieve you of toothaches and to reestablish your oral health. Take the necessary precautions to ensure your tooth heals properly. Should you see any inflammation, cracks in the tooth or a return of pre-treatment conditions contact us at Copper Creek Endodontics.

Posted:  3/28/2016 2:05 PM
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