Learning to Take Better Care of Your Family's Teeth

3 Tips To Help You Through Your Root Canal Recovery

You've probably heard the expression, "I'd rather get a root canal," right? It's usually said when someone really doesn't want to do something, as if a root canal just became a better option. Root canals don't have a great reputation because they are sometimes associated with annoyance or pain. It's true that recovery from a root canal can take some time, but the procedure itself is a really good thing to get if you want to try and save a badly decayed or infected tooth. To that end, here are a few tips that might help with your root canal recovery.

Under Pressure

The dentist will probably instruct you to avoid touching the area around the root canal after the procedure, but it bears repeating. You'll want to chew on the other side of your mouth as much as possible, and you might want to invest in a night guard if you have problems with grinding your teeth at night.

And, by all means, don't go sticking your finger in there poking around at the tooth just to see if there is still pain. Let it go, and it will heal on its own over time.

Clean It Up

After the first day of pain or so has subsided, you can gently begin brushing your teeth again. If you had to get a root canal because of a lot of decay or infection, that may mean you have had a problem maintaining proper oral hygiene in the past.

It is critical in the first few days while the area is still healing that you keep it as clean as possible. Use mouthwash antiseptic in the first 24 hours before you start brushing, and then brush with gentle care.

Stick to the (Medication) Plan

If you were dealing with an infection prior to the root canal, it's possible the doctor may have prescribed some antibiotics or other medication. Here's the thing: Getting the root canal treats most of the problem, but there might still be some lingering issues to take care of, and that's where the antibiotics come in.

Don't only take your medication until the pain is gone. Keep taking it as described until the pill bottle is empty (or you are otherwise told to stop) to make sure you completely eradicate the problem.

Root canals can be annoying to recover from, but use a little common sense, and you'll be all right. Avoid putting unneeded pressure on the area and keep it as clean as possible. For more information, talk to a dentist such as one through Dental Studios of MacArthur.