When decay or infection affects the root tissue deep inside a tooth, root canal therapy is often the best way to save that tooth from being extracted. The root canal procedure is a highly safe and successful one, and only takes two trips to the dentist. Immediate effects include the removal of infection, relieving of sharp pain and getting your dental health back on track.
Recovering after the procedure isn’t bad either. Most patients are able to get back to their regular activities after the second day of recovery. Dr. Jahangiri or one of his assistants will give you specific instructions following the treatment, but to give you a general idea of what recovery entails, here are some basic tips for the days following your root canal:
- Immediately following your procedure, plan to get lots of rest so your body has time to focus on healing. Try to keep your head slightly elevated as you sleep.
- If swelling and soreness is a problem, apply ice packs to your jaw, making sure to wrap the ice pack in cloth first.
- Avoid eating chewy, sticky or tough foods. Instead snack on soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, soup and hot oatmeal. Try to chew on the side opposite of your root canal as well.
- Take non-prescription pain medication to reduce soreness and swelling, or whatever your dentist recommends for pain management.