If you have an upcoming appointment for root canal therapy, you might be wondering what to expect after your treatment in terms of your recovery. For the most part, people can return to work or school the day after their treatment. There may be some exceptions, however, so it’s always best to discuss these matters with your dentist.
After root canal therapy, you may feel tired and groggy – especially if you have been prescribed a mild sedative or pain medication. Since this medicine can impair your motor and cognitive function, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your procedure.
Will I be uncomfortable after root canal treatment?
You may feel some discomfort after your treatment, but it can be managed with over the counter or prescription medication. It’s important to take anti-inflammatory medication recommended by your dentist even if you’re not in pain because preventing swelling will control discomfort within the hours and days following your procedure. You can also apply cold compresses to the outside of your face on the side where you received treatment.
Will I need to change my diet?
In the hours after your procedure, your mouth will likely be numb from the local anesthetics used. It is important to avoid eating anything at this time because it could cause you to bite down too hard on your treatment site. It’s wise to avoid drinking hot beverages, too.
Once the numbness wears off, it is best to eat items like soup or very soft foods like mashed vegetables for the next couple of days. If you need to chew anything, try to chew with the side of your mouth that didn’t receive treatment.
How should I clean my teeth?
Keeping your mouth clean after root canal therapy is important. Be sure to take great care when brushing. Avoid brushing vigorously or applying too much pressure with your toothbrush. Gentle brushing is best.
Give our team at Hulen Crossing Family Dental a call if you have questions about upcoming treatment or need to schedule an appointment.