You’ve just found out that you’ll need to have root canal therapy in Concord for your toothache, but you’re not sure about how to schedule it. Will you need to take a few days off work, or will you be able to carry on with business as usual? Your endodontist can tell you what to expect after the surgery so that you can plan the rest of your day and give your body the opportunity to recover.
What Happens During Root Canal Therapy?
When the soft, inner portion of the tooth is severely infected, root canal therapy is performed to remove the damaged tissues and clean the interior. The tooth is filled with a sterile resin, and a crown is placed so that it can still be used to bite and chew normally.
Over the years, root canal therapy has gained a reputation for being painful, but thanks to modern techniques, that’s no longer true. A local anesthetic is used so that you won’t feel any pain during the actual procedure (although you may still feel some pressure). That said, there will be some discomfort and sensitivity once the anesthetic wears off; this should only last a few days.
When Can You Go Back to Work?
Your body does need time to rest and heal after a root canal procedure is performed, but this most likely won’t prevent you from performing your everyday activities. Most patients are able to return to their jobs the next day. That said, if you develop a fever, notice pus around the affected tooth, experience excessive bleeding, or feel like you have the flu, you should call your endodontist as soon as possible.
How Do You Take Care of Your Tooth After Root Canal Therapy?
Any pain you experience after the procedure is usually mild and can often be controlled with over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen (though you should check to make sure they won’t interact with other supplements or prescriptions you’re already taking). If there’s swelling, you can use an ice pack for 10 minutes at a time. Avoid chewing immediately after the root canal therapy; in general, you should avoid hard or crunchy foods until your discomfort goes away. Some patients have found that meditation, yoga, tai chi and other stress-relieving activities can be a big help during recovery, as they take your focus away from the pain.
You should also continue to practice excellent oral hygiene so that the surgical site doesn’t become infected before it has a chance to heal. Gently brush your teeth twice a day and limit the amount of sugar you consume. Ask your endodontist for other aftercare tips so that you can go back on the clock as soon as possible!
About the Practice
At Afton Endodontics, we see one patient at a time so that we can always give you the dedicated attention you need for relieving pain and saving your smile. We enhance root canal therapy with modern technology, such as a CB/CT scanner that can create a 3D image of dental structures in the treatment planning process. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call (704) 784-4625.