Root Canal Recovery
Most people don’t stop to think about root canal recovery when they find out they have an infected tooth. Instead, they think about the actual procedure. A root canal is one of those treatments you hope you never need to have—and not because the technology and techniques aren’t sound. The root canal is one of the safest and most effective dental interventions today. Still, many misconceptions leave patients apprehensive.
At Bell Dental, we strive to prepare our Lake Jackson, TX, patients for all aspects of their dental work, from operation to recovery. Our root canal patients are frequently surprised that their experience was comfortable and efficient, with an easy healing process.
Dr. Brian Bell uses state-of-the-art equipment, dental sedation, and a welcoming atmosphere to make you as physically and emotionally comfortable as possible. He also provides detailed patient education to make sure you know what to expect during the recovery stage.
Steps for Root Canal Recovery
Follow these steps to ensure a successful root canal recovery:
- Use ice to decrease swelling
- Watch what you eat
- Avoid exercise for a few days
- Get lots of rest
At Bell Dental, we ask our Lake Jackson patients to keep a close watch on their mouths in the days following a root canal. We’re always standing by to address any questions or concerns you may have.
Controlling Swelling with Ice
It’s perfectly normal for there to be redness and swelling after a root canal. You can mitigate the effects by using a soft ice pack and elevating your head with some pillows while you sleep. If the swelling persists despite using ice, let us know immediately.
Choosing the Right Foods
It’s essential that you avoid hot, cold, or hard foods while you recovery from your surgery. After your root canal, you’ll need to plan your meals a little more carefully. Avoid anything that puts strain on your mouth and teeth. Stick with soft foods like soup, mashed foods, smoothies, etc.
Don’t Strain Yourself
This might sound strange considering that the problem is in your mouth, not your legs, but think about it: when you work out, muscles contract all over your body, including your mouth. Not only that, but you’re breathing heavily...out of your mouth! You could easily cause bleeding and aggravate the site. That’s why it’s important to avoid straining yourself until you have healed.
Let Yourself Rest
When you sleep, your body heals and fights bacteria and infection. It’s not a bad idea to take a couple days off work or school following a root canal. The extra rest will aid the healing process and make your recovery a more pleasant experience. Swelling and discomfort should be manageable after a day or two. If you notice that you still have swelling, rashes, hives, or that OTC pain medication isn’t helping, give our office a call.
Book an Appointment at Bell Dental
If you have recently experienced pain when chewing, tooth discoloration, or lesions on your gums, it’s a good indication that you may need a root canal. Our kind, considerate team is here to walk you through the procedure and help you experience a smooth recovery. Call our office in Lake Jackson at (979) 297-1201, or send us a message online to schedule your consultation.