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Tips for Taking Care of Yourself After a Root Canal

June 15, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. H. Justin Harlow, DDS
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Life doesn’t always go as planned, and this is also true for your oral health. Despite your best efforts, you developed an infection in the root of your tooth that needed root canal treatment. The good news is that this much-misunderstood dental procedure is quite common and is no worse than getting a dental filling. The even better news is that it can save your tooth.

When it comes to root canals in Charlotte, Dr. Justin Harlow has the expertise to get you in and out of the dental chair quickly. He can also provide you with tips on taking care of your tooth and mouth after you receive treatment to help speed up your recovery.

Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

It’s always best to stay ahead of the pain, so about an hour after your treatment at our office (when the local anesthetic will be wearing off), take a dose of over-the-counter pain relievers. Ibuprofen is the most common anti-inflammatory; it will also help with swelling.

Watch What You Eat

It might go without saying, but you want to be sure to avoid anything that is sticky, chewy, or crunchy after your procedure—especially crunchy vegetables, caramel and taffy, and chewing gum. When you do try to eat after your root canal, chew on the untreated side of your mouth for a few days.

Expect Some Swelling

It’s normal to have mild swelling and even some bruising after your root canal procedure. These should subside within a few days—particularly if you are diligent about taking anti-inflammatories.

Of course, if you experience an excessive amount of swelling or if the swelling doesn’t go down, give us a call!

Root Canals in Steele Creek Charlotte

Treatment for root canals in Charlotte doesn’t have to be scary, especially if you follow these tips for proper aftercare. Call Harlow Dental if you experience pain and suspect you might need a root canal.

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