How to Care for your Tooth after a Root Canal

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Root canal treatment is like a deep filling, and patients usually remain comfortable during their procedure. However, you’re likely to experience some discomfort afterward. Gum tenderness and discomfort while eating are normal but should subside within a few days. It’s best to know what to expect and prepare ahead of time so that you can make a full recovery fast. Today on the blog, our family dentists in Greeneville at Tusculum Dental Care share how to care for your tooth after a root canal.

Maintain your oral hygiene

It’s essential to keep up with your daily oral hygiene routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily. The tooth and area around it may be tender for a few days, so just take care when cleaning that area. You can also rinse with warm salt water to help your gums heal faster. If you use mouthwash as part of your daily oral hygiene routine, use an alcohol-free oral rinse to avoid burning sensations.

Eat healthy soft foods

If you find it difficult to chew, stick to soft foods that are easier to choose. However, don’t risk your health by eating processed foods. Instead, cook veggies until they are fork-tender or add leafy greens and fruit to a blender and puree to make a smoothie.

Prevent tooth trauma

Protect your teeth against trauma, especially after having undergone dental work. If you clench and grind your teeth at night or have bruxism, ask your dentist about a nightguard that you can wear to protect your teeth from excessive biting pressure. Additionally, if you play sports, wear a sports guard to prevent injury to your teeth or mouth.

Watch for signs of complications

Complications following a root canal are rare, but you should know what to look for and when to call your dentist. Swelling and increased pain could be signs of complications. If you experience either of these symptoms or your temporary crown or filling comes loose or falls out, contact your dentist in Greeneville right away.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

You might need a root canal if your tooth has sustained enough damage that bacteria affect the nerve or the pulp of the tooth. Another sign that a root canal may be needed is if you have an abscessed tooth. A root canal cleans out the inside of the tooth, including the nerve and bacteria responsible for the infection. Then, the dentist seals the tooth and prepares it for a crown. In the end, the tooth is restored and can last many years. If you have a toothache or broken or damaged tooth that causes you pain, you may need a root canal.

Family Dentists in Greeneville, Jonesborough, and Erwin

At Tusculum Dental Care, we believe it’s always best to preserve your natural teeth whenever possible, and root canals can help do just that. If you’d like to learn more about root canals, please contact Tusculum Dental Care by calling (423) 639-7575 or visit our website today.