Do you know what a root canal treatment is and why do people do that treatment? A root canal is a process of removing a seriously injured tooth. It not only relieves pain and make the tooth healthier but also protects the surrounding teeth from excessive wear and tear. It is a simple procedure, and millions of teeth are treated and saved this way. But the success rate of root canal treatment can be high only if you follow the right post-treatment care. Here are some of those.
Follow a Thorough Oral Hygiene Regime
You must have heard your dentist recommend you to follow the right oral hygiene routine. You must follow the same even after getting root canal treatment done. Make sure you brush twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Floss every day. Swish your mouth with a mild and alcohol-free mouthwash every day. Doing so will ensure that your mouth remains clean, and infection doesn’t take place again. You can even schedule dental cleaning sessions with your dentist every 2-3 months for in-depth cleaning.
Reduce Stress on the Area
Until the crown is placed, the tooth is temporarily unprotected. Avoid chewing on that side of your mouth to reduce stress on the treated tooth. When it comes to food, go for soft foods only as hard and sticky foods can ruin the root canal treatment and be painful for you. Avoid munching hard foods like nuts for at least two weeks after the treatment as hard foods can ruin the dental filling or the crown fitted over the tooth that was restored. On the other hand, sticky and sugary foods will increase the chances of decay and infection in the newly restored tooth. Eat soft and nutritious food after the treatment.
Contact Your Dentist
Though you may experience a slightly different sensation from your treated tooth than your other teeth for some time, you should contact your dentist immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain or pressure lasting more than a few days,
- Visible swelling inside or outside your mouth,
- An allergic reaction to certain medication (rash, hives or itching),
- Your bite feels uneven,
- The temporary crown or filling, if one was put in place, comes out (losing a thin layer is normal), and
- Symptoms you experienced prior to treatment return.
Root canal treatment is a safe and an effective way to make your teeth look healthier and better. It is not painful, as others might say, and it is a successful procedure. So consider undergoing the same if you think you will be able to follow these post-treatment tips.