Planning for a Successful Root Canal Recovery

Many patients are apprehensive about undergoing root canal therapy due to the procedure's reputation for being painful. However, root canal recovery is minimal as patients can usually return to normal activities the day after treatment and experience fairly mild symptoms. In addition to using gentle techniques, Dr. John F. Rink can help prepare you for your recovery by educating you about what to expect and how to manage discomfort and swelling. At Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, we strive to provide patient-oriented care that is not only effective but pleasant at our Charleston, SC, practice.

A woman rubbing the side of her jaw
Discomfort typically subsides within a few days.

Many patients are apprehensive about undergoing root canal therapy due to the procedure's reputation for being painful. However, the root canal recovery is minimal. Patients generally experience fairly mild symptoms and can usually return to normal activities the day after treatment. In addition to using gentle techniques, Dr. John F. Rink can help you prepare for your recovery by educating you about what to expect and how to manage discomfort and swelling. At Charleston Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Charleston, SC, we strive to provide patient-oriented care that is not only effective but also pleasant and educational.

Immediately after Treatment

Often, we provide nitrous oxide or oral sedation to help patients feel more comfortable during root canal treatment. If you have received oral sedation, you will need to arrange a ride to and from your appointment. You may also experience a numb sensation in your lips and difficulty speaking clearly. It is usually recommended that you rest after your procedure. However, you should be able to return to your normal activities the next day. 

Normal Symptoms During Your Recovery

Over the next two or three days, you may experience:

  • Discomfort
  • Swelling
  • Jaw soreness

In most cases, over-the-counter medication can manage these symptoms. 

Signs of Complications

While Dr. Rink will use the utmost precision and care when treating your root canal infection, there are some instances in which root canal treatment can fail. Signs of root canal complications can include:

  • Severe pressure lasting several days
  • Excessive pain
  • Visible swelling

You should contact us immediately if you are experiencing any of these sensations or if your temporary crown or filling comes out. 

Dietary Restrictions During Your Recovery

To avoid discomfort or damage, you should avoid biting down or chewing on the treated tooth until you receive your finalized restoration. For the first few days, it is beneficial to maintain a soft-food diet including foods such as:

  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed vegetables
  • Pasta
  • Applesauce
  • Pancakes

It is essential that you do not eat sticky or hard foods at this time as they can pull on and loosen your temporary crown or filling. If your temporary restoration comes out, it can leave your tooth susceptible to further damage.

Maintaining Proper Dental Hygiene

Proper dental hygiene through brushing and flossing is important to help prevent infection. If you are unsure about how often to floss, brush, and rinse, our knowledgeable team is happy to provide you with the proper protocols. 

Patients can usually return to normal activities the day after treatment and generally experience fairly mild symptoms after a root canal treatment. 

Recommended Follow-Up Visits

In some cases, we can provide same-day crowns created in our office using CEREC. Otherwise, you will need to return to our office a few days later to receive your finalized dental crown. We also encourage a regular check-up to monitor your recovery about six months after the procedure. During this check-up, Dr. Rink can evaluate the success of your root canal and monitor your oral health as well as perform a biannual cleaning and exam.

Your Health is Our Priority

We want to help you restore optimum oral health and minimize the inconvenience of the recovery process. If you are considering a root canal, contact us online or call us at (843) 766-1132 to schedule a consultation. 

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