Caring for a Tooth After a Root Canal

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If you have received a root canal, then congratulations on saving your tooth, but now you need to consider how to take care of that tooth so that it will last you for a long time, even perhaps the rest of your life. While the tooth remains in your mouth and is still fully functional, the pulp and, therefore, the blood supply to it has been removed. Even though the crown on the tooth adds a great deal of structural integrity, the tooth should still be given great care so that it stays intact and holds up against your day-to-day living and chewing.

There are several tips that you can follow to help you care for your root canal and get the most time and use from it. Three specific tips are most important, and they are listed next.

Take your medication as prescribed

Once the numbness from the anesthetic has worn off, you may feel a little tenderness around the tooth that received this procedure for a short period. This might feel a little uncomfortable, but it should only last a day or two. The general dentist will likely advise you to take an over-the-counter analgesic like ibuprofen, or they may prescribe something stronger. In addition, your general dentistry office may prescribe an antibiotic if there is still any concern about an infection. Be sure to take all your medication as prescribed to make sure things run smoothly.

Eat soft foods until you receive your crown

When you first receive the dental procedure, there will have to wait before your crown is placed on. The dentist will likely place a temporary crown on your tooth while the crown is being made, but even with that temporary crown, you will want to be careful what you eat.

Try to avoid sticky foods or chewing gum, especially before the permanent crown has been placed on your tooth. A temporary crown is made to come off without too much resistance, and the pulling of anything sticky might pull that crown off.

Consider eating foods that are soft like fruit smoothies, yogurt, bananas, and other soft fruits, oatmeal, eggs, tuna salad, sushi, tofu, well-cooked pasta, pancakes, hummus, cooked vegetables, and soft bread. Just think of any soft food that you usually enjoy. Once your crown has been placed on, you can slowly return to eating some crunchy foods, but you will always want to take it a little easier on this tooth and avoid anything sticky like a candy-coated apple or taffy.

Practice careful oral hygiene

Continuing with daily oral hygiene is essential for all your teeth but especially your tooth that has received a root canal. You will want to brush at least twice a day and floss once a day. Also, use an antiseptic mouthwash regularly to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Practicing oral hygiene should also include regular visits to your dentist. This way, your dentist can examine your tooth and ensure it is in good standing, while the cleanings you receive every six months will be further protection from tooth decay.

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