Congratulations on completing your root canal in Fleming Island. Not a lot of people are brave enough to go through this treatment (even though it’s pretty easy). Root canal therapy is designed to remove bacteria in your dental pulp. Endodontists recommend this treatment to prevent reinfection and to preserve your natural tooth.
During a root canal procedure, your endodontist will remove the infected and inflamed dental pulp and clean and disinfect the now hollow chamber. Next, it will be filled up with gutta-percha and then sealed to restore the strength and integrity of your tooth. What happens after the treatment?
If the anesthesia wears off, you will experience some pain on the site for a couple of days. It’s also normal to experience jaw soreness since your mouth was opened for an extended time during the treatment.
Not to worry, because these can be remedied with an over-the-counter pain killer. Most patients respond well to OTC medications, but if you still feel pain, your endodontist may prescribe you a stronger medication.
We suggest you wait until the anesthesia wears off before you start eating. People who still have numbness in their mouths can end up biting their tongue or cheeks because they can’t feel any oral sensation.
Your endodontist will also remind you not to bite down or chew on the affected tooth until it is fully restored to prevent damage. It’s also important to go back to your usual oral care routine to avoid infection in the future.
Call your endodontist immediately if you experience severe pain or notice excessive swelling in your mouth. At Fleming Island Dental, we aim to restore confidence in your smile with our wide range of dental services. Call us to book an appointment.