How much after care is needed after a root canal?
Are you worried about your root canal? We understand your concern. Root canals have an unfortunate reputation. The good news is that these days, this reputation is mostly undeserved.
You are likely to experience some discomfort following your root canal as the anesthesia wears off. This is a normal and healthy response of your immune system. As your immune system recognizes that the infection is gone and your tooth is repaired, the discomfort will pass.
Some Tips To Improve Your Comfort
- Avoid chewing foods or drinking hot liquids until after the anesthesia wears off to avoid injury.
- Take any prescribed medications (such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories) exactly as directed. Take antibiotics for the length of time prescribed by Dr. Burgdorf – even if you are feeling better.
- Discuss over-the-counter pain relievers with Dr. Burgdorf to see which one is right for you.
- You can rinse three times daily with salt water, made by dissolving one teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water. Swish gently around the tooth and then spit it out.
- Follow up with Dr. Burgdorf as directed for your permanent filling or crown.
If you experience a great deal of pain or swelling or if your tooth breaks, call our Bridgeton dental office immediately for an emergency appointment.