What To Expect After You Have Received A Root Canal

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If you want to make sure that you are as prepared as possible for your upcoming root canal, you will want to review the following points.

Tenderness For A Few Days

Your jaw is left in the extended position for a long time during the root canal procedure. Just from that alone, you may experience discomfort and tenderness for a few days after the procedure. You may also experience a lot of pain from the procedure itself. This pain usually peaks as soon as your numbing medication completely wears off. However, with each passing day, the pain should become a little more tolerable. If you are in need of pain management assistant, you can always use over the counter pain relief medication. If you are given a prescription for narcotics, you will want to refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery while you use them.

Inability To Chew Or Bite Down With That Tooth Right Away

After the root canal procedure, your tooth and surrounding area has to completely heal before your dentist can move forward with the final step, which is the restoration of that tooth. Until the tooth has been completely restored, it is not safe to bite down with it or to use it to chew. Therefore, you will want to be careful when eating. Make it a point to only chew on the other side of your mouth so that you can completely avoid the sensitive tooth that just received a lot of dental work.

The Need To Watch For Problems

During the first few weeks after your root canal procedure, you will want to make sure that you are watching out for signs of problems. This way, you can promptly call your dentist for a follow-up appointment to address any serious issues that may be taking place. Some of the things that you will want to keep an eye out for include unexpected swelling, an uneven bite, an allergic reaction to any medication that you were given, or the feeling that the original symptoms or problems you had before the root canal are back.

With those three things in mind, you should find that you are much more prepared for your upcoming root canal. Be sure to talk with a dentist, such as those found at Airport Road Dental Associates, for a list of anything else he or she feels that you need to be aware of, especially concerning your particular dental situation that is being dealt with.


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Dealing With Dental Dilemmas: Soft Teeth and Dental Care

Being born with naturally soft teeth, I've spent a lot of time in and out of the dentist's office. Not only have I learned a lot about basic dental care, I've also discovered many tips for dealing with broken teeth, extractions, implants, and more. I decided that I wanted to make the most of my experience by sharing what I've learned with others. True first-hand experience is a great teacher, and I knew that my story could help. I created this site to do just that, and I hope that the information here helps you to understand what to expect from your dental problems.