Root canals aren’t as scary as you may initially think, but they do require some preparation and aftercare. There are a few things you can do for the days leading up to your root canal appointment that will make the procedure go smoothly, as well as essential aftercare to ensure the tooth heals properly.
Root Canal Preparation
- Rest and relax: The first thing you want to do for the week leading up to your procedure is to get plenty of rest. Listen to your dentist when they tell you that the root canal won’t be harmful or traumatizing. With all the technological advancement in today’s modern dental office, root canals have come a long way. There’s no reason to be nervous or anxious, and it’s important to try to get as much rest as possible. Staying up at night dreading the procedure will only make it worse, as you’ll likely be irritable already from lack of sleep. Also, root canals are meant to relieve pain from your affected tooth, so keep in mind that the procedure will only lessen that pain in the future.
- Make sure you eat: Another tip for preparation is to eat something before going to your dental office. The procedure may take a while, and afterward, you may have a numb mouth or only want to chew on one side. Having a substantial meal will help you feel better in the long run, and you’ll be glad you did.
- No strong drugs needed: Once again, root canals aren’t as painful as their reputation states. You won’t be in enough pain to need strong drugs- a simple over the counter drug such as Ibuprofen will ease your pain once the soreness sets in. Be sure you have some in your home before your procedure, so you’ll be prepared for the aftercare.
- Avoid hard foods: After your root canal, you’ll want to stay away from hard, crunchy foods until the final restoration is in place. While you may feel as though you can chew on one side of your mouth, hard foods can cause damage to the temporary filling that is sealing the tooth until you revisit the dentist for a permanent restoration. Eating hard and crunchy food can cause damage to this filling, or can even cause the tooth to break off, causing much more pain and procedures than it’s worth.
- Use caution when brushing and flossing: While you should still practice good oral hygiene and brush and floss every day, you should be careful around the treated tooth area. Your gums may be tender, so take your time when brushing as not to irritate the area. While you still want to be thorough with your brushing and flossing, it’s important to be gentle as well.
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