Root canal therapy treats deep cavities by removing the pulp, the tooth’s soft center comprising of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves. Unlike extraction, which removes the entire tooth, a root canal preserves the original structure to maintain the teeth’s appearance and functionality.
Let’s discuss how this treatment works and what to expect during root canal recovery.
How the Procedure Works
The first step is removing the inflamed pulp before disinfecting the cavity to minimize the risk of reinfection. Your endodontist then finishes off with a filling to seal the opening. Ordinarily, a dental crown (custom-made fabrication) is installed to act as a cap for the installed tooth and improve your bite. A crown is custom-made and takes between two and three weeks to produce.
Dentists may recommend a root canal if you experience severe tooth pain, especially when eating or applying pressure. The surrounding gums might swell, bleed, or develop bumps, signaling an infected root. It might also be time for a root canal if the affected tooth is cracked, decayed, discolored, or sensitive to cold and hot temperatures.
While tenderness and swelling are expected after treatment, you can alleviate this discomfort with painkillers and antibiotics.
Tips for a Speedy Root Canal Recovery
The pain usually subsides within a day or two, but it takes between seven and ten days for the affected tooth and gums to fully recover. Fortunately, you can accelerate root canal recovery with the following measures.
- Avoid extremely cold/hot food and drinks that increase the risk of gum sensitivity.
- Avoid chewy and sticky foods that can loosen the filling.
- Rest and avoid strenuous activity to help your body heal.
- Relieve pain and swelling with an ice pack.
- Avoid smoking a few hours after the procedure, seeing it can inhibit recovery.
- Avoid alcohol since it can hinder the effectiveness of painkillers and antibiotics.
When to See a Dentist
Although root canal recovery is generally painless, visit a dentist if:
- Biting feels uncomfortable days after treatment
- Swelling persists
- Your bite is uneven
- You experience pain lasting several days
Don’t neglect your follow-ups. Even if you consider yourself fully healed, you still need a dentist to rule out the possibility of complications.Going for a root canal treatment is investing in your body. The process can brighten your smile, enhance your dental health, and improve the overall quality of your life. Our experts at LeCroy Dental will tell you all you need to know about root canal recovery. Contact us today for a professional check-up.