If you have a severely compromised tooth from an infection or decay, your dentist may recommend root canal treatment in Concord. Although over 10.9 million root canals are performed by a general dentist annually, they are only recommended when there isn’t any other viable option to save a tooth from extraction. Thankfully, they have over a 97% success rate. If you’ve recently had the endodontic treatment, you don’t want to do anything that might affect the success. You can skip the risk by following 3 tips for traveling after root canal therapy.
1. Prepare for Altitude Changes
Your tooth will be a bit sensitive for a few days following your procedure. Unfortunately, if you’ll be flying for the holidays, you might experience an increase in discomfort from changes in altitude. Don’t worry, any sensitivity will be minimal and can be controlled using an over-the-counter pain reliever.
For future trips, you can avoid any discomfort by scheduling your dental work at least a month before you leave on your journey. If you have plans to travel within a few days of your appointment, it’s best to tell your dentist before having any procedures, including fillings and root canals.
2. Plan Your Departure Accordingly
Depending on your method of travel, it’s best to plan your departure date carefully. If sedation is used during your procedure, your dentist will recommend you stay home and rest for at least 24 hours, especially if you’re driving. You’ll want the effects of the sedation to fully dissipate before leaving. If you’ll be heading to the airport, your dentist will advise you to wait at least 5 to 7 days before flying to ensure there aren’t any post-operative issues.
3. Care for Your Tooth
While you’re away from home, your usual routine can be thrown off track; however, it’s more important than ever you maintain your oral hygiene. It’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean all surfaces of your teeth for at least 2 minutes in the morning and at night. Use high-quality dental floss to clean in between each tooth before going to bed. Pay careful attention when cleaning your recently treated tooth. Your dentist may also recommend using a saltwater rinse to keep your mouth clean. It can also relieve pain and inflammation while your tooth is healing.
Protect Your Investment
A root canal can save your tooth from needing to be removed with the right care. Don’t compromise the long-term success of your treatment. Protect your investment by taking a few extra precautions to ensure there aren’t any unexpected complications while you’re traveling.
About Dr. Gregory C. Gell
Dr. Gell is a Diplomat of the American Board of Endodontics because of his exceptional academic achievement in the field. After earning his dental degree from The University of Iowa College of Dentistry, he earned a Master’s in Oral Biology and a certification in endodontics to treat complex oral health cases. If you need a root canal, contact our office today to schedule your consultation.