Your dentist will recommend pain medications after root canal treatment.
If you have been through a root canal treatment, it’s important to understand what steps need to be taken after the procedure. Your dentist will provide you with information regarding dental X-rays, pain medication, and how long you can expect your tooth to feel sensitive.
You are likely to have numerous questions about your recovery. How long will my tooth be numb? How soon can I eat normally? What should I do for soreness at night? Read on to find out more about what you should do after root canal treatment, and how long you can expect your recovery to take…
What can you expect after treatment?
Root canal treatment has a reputation for being a painful dental procedure, but the reality is that dentists use a number of pain-relieving techniques to minimise discomfort throughout the treatment. In fact, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic before the treatment begins — this means that you won’t feel any pain during the process itself.
Once the treatment is complete and the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, it is completely normal to experience some pain and sensitivity. Your dentist will recommend some pain medications to help manage these side effects.
What can you eat after root canal surgery?
It is advisable that you wait until your teeth and gums are no longer numb before you eat anything. This can take a few hours. If you eat too soon following treatment, there is the risk that you will bite your tongue or the inside of your cheeks.
Once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off, it is safe to eat. Start with soft foods don’t require too much chewing — some good options include blended soups; smoothies; mashed vegetables like potatoes; stewed fruit; and oatmeal.
While there are plenty of foods to enjoy during your recovery, there are a few that are best avoided. Do not eat foods that are particularly hard or sticky, and stay away from anything that is extremely hot or cold.
How do you take care of your teeth?
Once your treatment is complete, it is important that you practice proper oral hygiene habits on a daily basis. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. Just be sure to refrain from flossing on the side of a temporary crown if you have one, as this can lead to damage and cause the material to dislodge.
It is also important that you see your dentist for regular check-ups and cleans. This will give your dentist the opportunity to identify and resolve any other issues as early as possible before they become more complicated.
How can we help?
At Honeysuckle Dental, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services, including root canal therapy. If you have experienced any uncomfortable symptoms associated with an infection, such as swollen gums, tooth sensitivity, or pain when biting and chewing, we encourage you to come in and see us as soon as possible.
We will assess your oral health and let you know which course of treatment is most appropriate for you. We will explain the treatment process to you in detail and let you know what to expect from the recovery period. We will also address any questions and concerns that you have before your treatment begins.
If you would like to find out more about root canal therapy and what it involves, please have a look here.
The team at Honeysuckle also offers a range of other treatments, including dental implants, general and preventative care, cosmetic dentistry and solutions for sleep apnoea to name a few. If you would like to find out about our full offering, please have a look here.
To book an appointment, please contact us here or give us a call on (02) 4915 9230. We are located in Newcastle, and look forward to welcoming you and your family to our modern and comfortable practice.