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5 Self-Care Tips Following a Root Canal

May 19, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Shane Ruggless
Root Canals | Springfield IL Dentist

Having a root canal can save a tooth from requiring an extraction by removing bacteria and infection from inside your tooth. We offer comfortable root canals here in our Springfield dental office. Opting for a root canal instead of an extraction can dramatically extend the life of your tooth.

The proper care is essential to keeping your root canal tooth healthy. Here are s self-care tips to help you take care of yourself.

Take the Proper Pain Medication

Root canal treatment relieves pain, but you may still have some discomfort immediately following treatment as your body takes over the healing process. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication will be enough to keep you comfortable.

Avoid Chewing on Your Root Canal Tooth for a Few Days

Because some residual sensitivity may make it uncomfortable, you should avoid chewing on that area until your tooth feels better. That way, the additional force will not aggravate your tooth as it heals.

Be Sure to Schedule a Follow-Up Appointment

A follow-up appointment is essential to ensure that the infection is completely gone from inside your tooth. We will take an x-ray to verify that everything is cleared up and we can proceed with restorative dentistry. Your follow-up exams are part of providing you with the very best dental care possible.

Invest in the Proper Restoration

Root canal teeth are brittle and can break more easily than your other teeth. We usually recommend a dental crown for maximum stability. A dental crown will completely cover your tooth structure and protect your root canal tooth as you eat.

Wear a Nightguard if You Grind Your Teeth

Clenching and grinding can cause teeth to break or wear down. If you have needed root canals in the past or you are in the process of getting a root canal and you grind your teeth during sleep, a nightguard can protect your tooth from breaking.

Root Canals in Springfield, IL

If you are experiencing tooth pain or to learn more about the benefits of root canals, contact our Springfield dental office.

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