Root canal treatments are necessary when the pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The pulp can become inflamed or infected due to severe decay or a crack in the tooth. The pulp is the part that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. When the pulp is infected, it will likely need to be removed.
During a root canal procedure, your dentist will remove this infected pulp from your tooth. It will prevent bacteria from spreading to the healthy parts of your tooth. Your dentist will then fill the space with a dental filling. Afterward, you may need a crown to restore the tooth's strength. A crown will strengthen your tooth and protect it from breaking.
There are a few tips you need to follow after undergoing this procedure.
After root canal treatment, it is important to eat soft, nutritious foods for a while. Eating crunchy foods can be too rough on your mouth. Avoid eating hard foods, like nuts or hard candy.
One thing that patients commonly forget after root canal treatment is that their teeth may still be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. So, patients may experience sensitivity and notice a throbbing or pulsating sensation when they eat hot or cold foods. It's important not to panic or avoid these temperatures.
It is critical that you practice good oral hygiene after the procedure. Brush your teeth at least twice per day and floss at least once per day, or as recommended by your dentist.
Visit your dentist for regular dental checkups. These checkups will help monitor the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth.
Limit the consumption of sugary foods. Bacteria may thrive on sugar and lead to infection or other oral health concerns like tooth decay or gum disease.
Avoid chewing or biting on hard objects. This can crack or chip your restored as well as natural teeth.
When a patient receives a root canal, they will likely experience some post-treatment discomfort. For this reason, our dentist's office provides patients with medication for pain to manage any discomfort.
To learn more about root canal and aftercare, call Dobson Ranch Dental Care at (480) 838-8558 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Payne.