Aftercare following a root canal treatment

woman getting dental treatment

Root canal treatment has a bad reputation for being one of the most painful dental treatments available. However, this is usually an overstatement. Most patients find that root canal treatment is no different, in terms of discomfort,to having a filling. Since sedation has come a long way, patients can now visit the dentist for this treatment without hesitation.

When provided by an experienced dentist in Southampton, such as Smilemakers, root canal treatment is a quick and easy procedure. The dentist will remove the infected tissue from the interior of the tooth carefully and clean and disinfect the root canal system. Depending on the severity of each case, the exact process of each root canal treatment will differ. Local anaesthesia and numbing agents are always provided by a dentist in Southampton. Patients who are particularly anxious about the process can opt for oral or IV sedation.

What happens after the treatment?

Once the anaesthetic and/or sedation starts to wear off, some pain and discomfort are to be expected for the first few days. These symptoms can be easily treated with an ordinary painkiller. However, if the pain continues, a dentist in Southampton may prescribe antibiotics. In any case, patients should follow the dentist’s instructions very carefully and avoid driving a car if they take medication.

Post-treatment symptoms are different for each patient, but a dentist should always be consulted in the event of:

  • Severe pain or ongoing pressure
  • Visible swelling
  • Uneven biting
  • A crown or filling displacement

Once the root canal treatment is completed, patients will either have their tooth restored on the same day or they will have to return to the dentist later. If a dentist cannot restore a patient’s tooth immediately after the root canal treatment, then it is important to complete work as soon as possible in order to avoid further infection.

After the process, patients should wait for the numbness to go away before eating in order to avoid biting their cheek or tongue. They should not apply pressure to the affected tooth and avoid biting directly onto it until it is fully restored by a dentist. It is very important to brush and floss regularly in order to prevent gum disease and further damage.