What To Expect After You've Had A Root Canal

Posted on: 26 July 2017

Want to find out why you need a root canal or what the procedure is like? No problem. However, when it comes to information about what to expect post the procedure, the information is a little more limited. No worries; here are some key points to help you with care after your root canal.  

There May Be Discomfort

It's always better to expect the worst and be prepared than to not be prepared at all. With this idea in mind, remember that some level of discomfort is not unheard of. Given the method used for the root canal, there is often some level of swelling.

This swelling can cause tenderness that may be the source of the pain. Generally, the pain is minimal and will go away on its own rather quickly. However, if you are experiencing pain that is intense or isn't going away on its own, it's time to contact your provider, as this could be an indication of something more severe, such as infection.  

Be Mindful of What You Eat

Even if you're lucky enough to avoid discomfort, or it's virtually nonexistent, this doesn't mean you can eat whatever you want. Root canals are like surgical procedures in that you must give time for healing. During recovery, follow a soft food diet.

Mashed potatoes, soups, leafy greens, and smoothies are just some of the filling, yet soft options you should consider. Your provider will let you know exactly how long you need to follow this diet. Just make sure you adhere to these guidelines because if you eat hard foods too soon you could cause damage, requiring you to have the procedure repeated.

There Are Warning Signs

An important part of your aftercare is knowing what the warning signs are. In addition to intense pain, you should also be on the lookout for any small particles in your mouth. It's not uncommon for a root canal to fail, but it is possible.

Those tiny particles in your mouth might be an indication that filling material is falling out. You should also pay attention to severe swelling as this might be an indication of an allergic reaction. If this is the case, you might also be experiencing hives or itching.

When it comes to proper care, it's always best to speak with your provider. While the above-mentioned factors are common, each person is different, therefore each experience will not be the same. Your provider will be able to assess your situation and give you more specific feedback.

For more information about what to expect after a root canal procedure, talk to dentists at offices like Top Dental.


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