Root Canal Post-Treatment Care
After a root canal procedure, it is critical to practice the proper after care routine so your mouth can heal quickly and completely. You also want to manage the pain and guard against infection.
Taking the right post-treatment steps will help the recovery process go smoothly. When patients visit Dr. Lipner for a root canal, we thoroughly explain post-root canal care. Here is what you need to know if you have a root canal.
What to Expect After a Root Canal
When you get a root canal, your tooth experiences a deep clean that can leave the mouth feeling tender immediately after the procedure. A little pain is normal and expected. Dr. Lipner will put a temporary filling in your mouth until the crown is ready. Then, you will go to your dentist for the permanent crown.
Most patients require only 1-2 days for the pain to subside. You may come out of the root canal procedure feeling numb from the lingering anesthetic. As it wears off, your jaw may feel sore from staying open so long during the procedure.
Root Canal After Care
After care for a root canal should focus on alleviating pain. You may receive a prescription for a narcotic from your endodontist to reduce discomfort. Be careful driving or operating machinery, as narcotics may cause drowsiness. Some patients prefer to take over-the-counter pain relievers.
Eat mainly soft foods in the days after your procedure to avoid additional mouth or jaw pain. Brush and floss your teeth as you regularly would. Good dental hygiene will be critical to keep your teeth healthy going forward.
When Should I Contact the Endodontist?
Following a root canal, there are several indicators that you should contact Dr. Lipner:
- Your bite feels uncomfortable
- Your swelling does not subside after a day or two
- Your temporary filling falls out
- You begin experiencing the same symptoms as before your root canal, such as swelling or pain in the gums
Pain usually subsides within a couple of days. If you still experience sharp pain several days after the procedure, there may be another issue. Before a root canal, many patients experience pain in the impacted tooth. The majority of patients report less pain after the root canal, since the procedure addresses the cause of the pain and discomfort.
How Long Does Root Canal Recovery Take?
It should only take 2-3 days to recover from a root canal. The pain will subside fairly quickly. In the long term, it is important to keep flossing and brushing daily and schedule biannual cleanings at the dentist to ensure your teeth stay healthy.
Schedule a Root Canal Appointment With Midtown Endodontist NYC Today
Are you experiencing persistent tooth pain? Do you need a root canal? Get in touch with Midtown Endodontist NYC by calling 646-665-7208 to schedule a root canal appointment. You can also book your appointment online at any time and request a free consultation.