Root Canal Therapy Recovery
By Stephen Rogers on August 01, 2018
What is it about the term “root canal” that floods most people with fear? Unfortunately, many patients anticipate pain if they undergo treatment. On the contrary, discomfort from the infected tooth is more painful than the procedure to correct it.
If the root canals of the tooth are infected, nearby tissues will also become infected, leading to more serious problems. Root canal therapy can be performed to remove the infected tissues and save the tooth.
Here, our team at Greater Long Island Dental in Long Island, NY discusses what patients can expect during root canal therapy recovery.
Do I Really Need Root Canal Therapy?
Many patients wonder why root canal therapy is needed. Once your doctor has performed an exam, he or she may be able to explain the cause of the infection.
For example, perhaps your tooth was injured, allowing bacteria to enter the root canals. Or, maybe there was an untreated cavity that progressed into a root canal infection.
Root Canal Therapy Versus Extraction
Dr. Stephen Rogers favors saving your natural teeth over extraction because the true function of a natural tooth cannot be exactly replicated. Root canal therapy is a highly successful option that can restore the health of damaged teeth.
Extracting a tooth can cause problems down the road as surrounding teeth begin to shift and move into those open spaces that are left behind.
During root canal therapy, local anesthesia will be administered before and during the procedure to provide a comfortable experience. If anxiety is a concern, sedation dentistry can be used to reduce apprehension.
You will also receive pain medication to take after the procedure to abate tenderness as the area heals. Overall, the root canal therapy is treated quickly and comfortably.
Once root canal therapy is complete, Dr. Rogers will choose between a filling or a dental crown to secure it, based on the needs of the treated tooth. There may be a bit of time in between these two procedures so a custom crown can be crafted. The permanent crown or filling will seal the tooth and provide protection against fractures.
Root Canal Therapy Recovery
The procedure will last anywhere from one to two hours, depending on the location of the tooth and the severity of the issue.
After root canal therapy, your gums and lips will remain numb for several hours. For this reason, it is wise to hold off on eating until the numbness has completely subsided. This will help you avoid injury to your cheeks, tongue, and lips.
You may notice minimal pain and mild swelling, which can be easily treated with ibuprofen or a stronger prescription. This pain is temporary and will usually go away after 24 to 48 hours.
During your recovery time, it’s wise to avoid using the affected tooth as much as possible over the next several weeks. This is to give the tooth a chance to heal quickly. You should keep the tooth away from hard, chewy, or crunchy foods like raw vegetables, nuts, and candy. It’s important to maintain your daily brushing and flossing habits as well.
Contact Us for More Information
At Greater Long Island Dental, Dr. Rogers and our team are committed to providing you the best care and treatment for all of your dental needs. Call us today at 516-468-7103 or contact us online.
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