How to Keep Your Tooth Safe When Recovering from a Root Canal
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Dr. Jae Seon Kim
After you have root canal surgery, you will be put on a soft diet following the procedure. Foods that are harder and crunchier will only escalate the danger of harming the repaired tooth. What has happened is that you have just had a temporary filling put in.
Remember that temporary filling is important as it is what is protecting your tooth until your crown can be set, so hard foods can still be very damaging at this time or even break the fragile tooth, so soft is still best, even if you are feeling good.
You are going to have your replacement crown as soon as possible. When you have a root canal, part of the inside structure of the tooth has been extracted. Therefore, we place the temporary crown, to help protect and strength the repaired tooth.
What about Pain? You will need to treat pain as needed in the case of the root canal. Root canals aren't as troubling and painful as they used to be. After the procedure, to manage discomfort and inflammation, certain pain relievers and non-prescription medicines such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may help reduce any pain or discomfort being felt the first few days following the procedure.
If you any questions at all about your root canal procedure, or your follow up visit, or if you are experiencing any unusual pain whatsoever, please call and we will schedule you in for an appointment as soon as possible. While it is not a common occurrence, it is possible that a root canal procedure fails, which could be the source of prolonged pain or discomfort. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can figure out the cause of your discomfort and properly correct it for you.