Learn about root canal after-care for a healthy recovery in Newport Beach, CA
Root canal therapy is a conservative treatment designed to save your natural tooth when its inner area has become damaged due to infection, injury, decay, or another cause. By removing the diseased tissues and the inflamed nerve in your tooth, you can get relief from immense pain quickly. While recovery from root canal treatment is typically quick, following these root canal aftercare tips from Dr. John Ravera in Newport Beach, CA can help ensure you have a healthy and rapid recovery.
When to start eating again
You don’t need to delay eating for a long period of time after your treatment, but it is best to wait until any sensation of numbness wears off before you eat anything that requires chewing. The lack of sensation can lead to you accidentally bite your tongue or cheek, which can result in a wound and bleeding in some cases.
If you have a temporary crown or filling, it is best to avoid chewing anything hard, chewy, or sticky with that tooth until your final restoration is in place. These foods can dislodge the temporary restoration and leave your tooth vulnerable to further damage or infection.
After the numbing agent wears off, you will likely feel some discomfort, tenderness, or sensitivity in the treated tooth. Your jaw may also be a bit sore because it was held open for a long period of time during the root canal treatment. This usually subsides within a few days and can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but we can prescribe stronger pain medications if necessary. Dr. Ravera will consult with you about the best medication choices for your individual needs and medical history, as some medications can exacerbate existing health conditions or interact with other medications you are taking.
Attend your follow-up appointment(s)
We will schedule at least one follow-up appointment to check on your treated tooth, ensure it is healing properly, and place the final restoration (such as a crown) on the tooth. These follow-up appointments are important for ensuring that the treated tooth remains healthy, so it is important not to miss them.
Take good care of your teeth at home
Once your tooth has been treated, it is critical to take good care of it and the rest of your teeth by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once per day. This helps prevent decay or infection and can help ward off the need for re-treatment of the tooth in the future. With proper care, a root canal-treated tooth can last for the rest of your lifetime.
When to call us
While most patients recover from their root canal treatment with no major issues, there are some symptoms that can indicate a problem and require attention by the dentist. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call Dr. Ravera’s office right away:
- Swelling that is visible inside or outside of your mouth
- Symptoms of an allergic reaction to a medication, such as itching, hives, rash, or swelling
- The feeling that your bite is not even
- Intense pain that lasts longer than a few days after your treatment
- A feeling of pressure in the treated area that lasts more than a few days
In addition, if a temporary filling or crown was placed in the tooth and it comes out, you should call us immediately so that we can replace it to protect your tooth.
Do you have tooth pain? We can help
If you are suffering from tooth pain but have been avoiding a trip to the dentist, we encourage you not to delay any longer. By undergoing root canal therapy or other appropriate treatments, you can stop the pain and get back to your normal life. It is important to remember that extracting a tooth is typically the only alternative to a root canal, and the recovery and restoration process for an extracted tooth is typically much longer than for a root canal-treated tooth. We take several steps to ensure that you are comfortable during your treatment and will provide ample information and answer all your questions about how to take care of your treated tooth afterwards.
If you are a new patient, you can call John Ravera D.D.S. General & Cosmetic Dentistry in Newport Beach, CA today at 949-877-3606 to schedule an appointment, and existing patients can reach us at 949-706-7097.Back to Root Canal Therapy Page