Can I Prepare for My Root Canal?

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If you have an upcoming Root Canal, there are important measures to take first.

When your dentist tells you that you need a root canal, it can sound intimidating. It

really doesn’t have to be. Your dentist has likely performed the procedure hundreds
of times before and it will be done in no time. And with numbing agents, a root
canal is typically no more painful than a filling. There are a few things you can do to
prepare for your root canal that can help it go as smoothly as possible.

Make Sure There’s No Infection
Talk to your dentist about any antibiotics you may need. If there is already infection
in your tooth, it can decrease the effectiveness of the local anesthetic and cause you
quite a bit of pain. Your dentist can minimize that risk by prescribing you an
antibiotic to clear out any infection that may be in the tooth.
A Preemptive Strike With Ibuprofen
Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication that is widely available at any
pharmacy. Taking some ibuprofen before your root canal can decrease any swelling
and help to ease some of the discomfort during the procedure. While the actual root
canal procedure itself shouldn’t be particularly painful, that numbing will eventually
wear off. Ibuprofen can help ease some of the soreness and help make recovery go
No smoking or Drinking Alcohol
Smoking is really not good for your teeth anyway, but it can actually be detrimental
to your root canal recovery. Affinity Dental recommends that you don’t smoke or
drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before and 72 hours after your root canal, as
these things can really slow down your recovery.
Eat a Good Meal Beforehand
You will want to eat a good, satisfying meal before your root canal. Your mouth will
be numbed for the procedure, so you probably will not want to eat after. Once the
numbing agent wears off, you’re going to have quite a bit of soreness, so you most
likely won’t feel like eating.
Talk About the Procedure with Your Dentist
It’s a good rule of thumb to talk about any procedure you need with the doctor
performing it. This will help you know what to expect. Your dentist will be able to
answer any questions you have to make your root canal go as smoothly as possible.
Make Your Smile Beautiful with Help from Affinity Dental
Don’t let your insecurities hold you back any longer! Affinity Dental can help give
you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. At Affinity Dental, we strive to
provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need,
while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and
weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your
busy schedule. We accept most insurance plans and offer convenient payment
options. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!
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