When your dentist recommends a root canal for the first time, it’s normal to feel anxious, but knowing how to prepare and what to do afterwards can make a difference. A root canal is an important procedure and the right aftercare can help make things easier. Here’s what you need to know about root canal aftercare.
What is a Root Canal?
What’s the difference between a filling and a root canal? When you get a cavity filled, a dentist cleans away the damaged surface of the tooth, then applies a filling material to seal it and help prevent further decay. A root canal is similar in some ways, but different because it requires going deeper into the tooth.
A root canal is a procedure that involves a dentist, sometimes a specialist type of dentist called an endodontist, removing not only the damaged surface area, but also the infected root or innermost part of the affected tooth. After a root canal, the dentist will usually seal the tooth with a crown to restore it.
Dealing with Anxiety
If you haven’t had a root canal before, you’ll probably feel nervous before the procedure. The good news is that root canal procedures typically cause minimal pain, especially if performed by an endodontist. Endodontists are dentists who specialize in pain management and the treatment of the root (or pulp) of the tooth.
If anxiety before dental procedures is an issue for you, it may help to make a plan with an endodontist leading up to the procedure for your root canal aftercare so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Things like practicing self care with extra rest and relaxation, knowing what food or activities to avoid for the day or two after the procedure, and some easy-to-eat snacks and meals to have on hand while you recover can all be helpful so you can feel prepared.
Keep Your Endodontist’s Number Handy
Endodontists specialize in performing root canal procedures and managing pain, so if you have any questions or concerns about root canal aftercare, don’t be afraid to call your endodontist. With their extensive experience, they’ll know exactly what to do if you experience new symptoms, and will be happy to share additional ways to help keep you comfortable throughout the healing process so you can rest assured you’re receiving the best care.
Call our Lee's Summit dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.