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Root canal treatment can seem good and bad, all at the same time. It's good because you'll finally have a healthy tooth and be out of pain, but bad because you'll have to take some special measures to ensure a proper recovery. Fortunately, the bad part of root canal recovery isn't nearly as difficult as you may have heard. In fact, with a few simple tips, you can expect to be feeling fine in just a few days. Here are the do's and don'ts of root canal recovery.
Do: Take the Day Off
Whilst root canal therapy is done as a day patient procedure, it's more complex than your average cavity filling. You'll need to take the remainder of the day off work after your root canal procedure, as you'll be recovering from local anaesthesia. Your dentist may also give you anti-anxiety medication, which can make you drowsy for several hours after the root canal. If you rest for the remainder of the day at home, you'll likely feel well enough to return to work tomorrow.
Don't: Drive Yourself Home After the Root Canal Appointment
You should make plans for a friend or family member to drive you home following your root canal procedure. You'll still be under the influence of the anaesthesia and medication, making it unsafe to drive. It's usually fine to drive the next day, at the same time you return to work.
Do: Eat Soft Foods
In the first few days after your root canal procedure, opt for soft foods. Consider choices like:
Stay away from anything that requires significant chewing for a few days whilst you become accustomed to your new crown. You'll typically be able to go back to eating normally in just a couple of days, based on your dentist's individual recommendations.
Don't Touch or Put Pressure on Your Tooth
Whilst it's usually fine to brush and floss as normal after a root canal, it's important to resist any temptation that you might have to touch or put pressure on the newly crowned tooth. The crown is secure, but you do need to allow the dental cement a few days to fully set for ideal attachment.
Root canal procedures are now more advanced and precise than they've ever been. This means that patients now have quite short recoveries—and your recovery can be as fast as possible if you follow the tips discussed above. Don't forget to discuss all aspects of your root canal recovery with your dentist to achieve optimal healing.