A root canal endodontist can repair and save a tooth that becomes infected or is badly decayed. A root canal is a procedure that involves the removal of the pulp. The pulp is made up of connective tissue, nerves as well as blood vessels that help the tooth grow. In many cases, an endodontist or a general dentist will perform the procedure while you are under local anesthesia.
Root canal endodontist post-treatment instructions
A root canal is an important procedure but pain after a root canal is normal. The procedure involves deep cleaning inside the canals of the tooth, which can end up irritating the surrounding nerves and gums. After the procedure, the endodontist will send the patient home with pain management instructions. The patient will also be informed of how to care for the tooth while recovering from treatment. Following the endodontist’s instructions is important especially if a crown or temporary filling is in place.
As the medication that was used to numb the mouth during the procedure wears off, the patient may feel some tenderness on the area for some days as things heal. It is also not uncommon for a person to feel some mild soreness in the jaw from keeping the mouth open for a long period of time during the procedure. These symptoms are usually temporary and respond well to over-the-counter medication, but stronger narcotic medication may also be prescribed. People should always carefully follow the instructions for medications. Narcotics can make a person drowsy. People should exercise caution when taking them and operating particular machinery or driving a car.
When to contact an endodontist
For some time, a person may experience a different sensation from the treated tooth than the other teeth. But calling an endodontist is recommended if a person experiences particular symptoms. These include severe pain or pressure that lasts for more than a few days or visible swelling outside or inside the mouth. People are supposed to visit the endodontist if the temporary filling or crown comes out or if the symptoms that a person was experiencing before the treatment return. Other reasons to see an endodontist include an uneven bite and an allergic reaction to medication like rash, itching or hives.
What to avoid
After the root canal procedure, a person should wait until the numbness in the mouth wears off before eating. This is recommended so that a person does not bite the tongue or cheek. Chewing or biting down on the treated tooth should be avoided until after it is fully restored in order to avoid damaging it. Brushing and flossing every day will help avoid infection and keep the area clean.
Once the root canal and all the follow-up appointments are completed, the patient has to return for a final crown. This appointment should be made as soon as an endodontist completes work on the tooth. Taking care of the teeth by flossing and brushing regularly is important. A person should also go for regular checkups and cleanings. If you want to learn more about post-treatment care, talk to your root canal endodontist.
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