Root canals are a common dental treatment to alleviate pain and/or infection of a decayed or injured tooth. This may be due to nerves, cavity, or some form of trauma. During root canals, we remove the inflamed nerve tissue and ensure the pain is gone.
How Do Root Canals Work?
During root canal procedures, we first install a rubber dam or “rain coat” to isolate the tooth, and form a protective barrier that keeps medications within the tooth and out of the patient’s mouth. Then, we access the dental pulp chamber and use tiny files to clean out the canal that houses the nerves and blood supply to the tooth. After this area is cleaned out, we disinfect the canal and seal it to prevent infection.
Afterward, the tooth will need a build up and dental crown to cover it and prevent fractures. Teeth can become brittle after root canals, so a crown helps prevent damage and reduce the need for extraction in the future.
Dental Care After A Root Canal
There are several ways to maintain dental health and avoid pain after a root canal. Thirty Two & You recommends that you:
- Avoid chewing and eating until all numbness is completely gone.
- Take pain medication before the anesthetic wears off.
- Take the antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist.
- Brush and floss normally.
- Call us if sensitivity to pressure lasts more than a few days.
- Rinse your mouth three times daily with warm salt water to reduce swelling and discomfort.
- Limit yourself to calm activities for 3–5 days.
- Avoid crunchy foods.
After a root canal, it is essential to have the tooth restored within two weeks to avoid fracturing the tooth. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns.