If you have a tooth with a cavity that goes untreated for long enough, chances are the root of the tooth will become infected. When that happens, it's usually impossible to treat the infection directly. There's only one good option for saving the tooth: a root canal treatment.
A root canal is a dental procedure where the dentist drills out the center of the tooth and removes the nerve and other soft pulpy material at the center. Then the hole is filled, and the tooth is capped. This removes the pain and prevents further damage to the tooth.
However, as with any sort of invasive procedure, there's always a chance of re-infection. Following your dentist's post-care instructions can help prevent that!
How To Reduce Your Chances Of Re-Infection After A Root Canal Treatment
1. Follow your dentist's instructions to the letter
You will undoubtedly be given a list of instructions to follow, after having your root canal. Be sure to follow them exactly as given! Look over the instructions before leaving the office and be sure to ask any questions you have before you go.
2. Avoid eating and drinking until the anesthetic has worn off
Root canals are almost always done with a local anesthetic which will numb a large portion of your mouth. Try to avoid eating or drinking until you have feeling back. Otherwise, you could damage your mouth - like chewing up your cheek - without realizing it, increasing your chances of infection.
3. Take all your antibiotics
Chances are, you'll be given a prescription for antibiotics to take as a preventative measure. Be sure to take the full course! You're taking them specifically to stop an infection from happening.
4. A Crown is recommended
At Boardwalk Dental Care we handle root canals in one appointment, in most cases. You will leave your appointment with a permanent filling on the tooth. As the tooth is no longer a vital one, a crown is always recommended to preserve the longevity of the tooth.
If you ever do think the tooth has become re-infected - which will bring swelling and pain - it's vital to contact your dentist ASAP.
Do you need root canal treatment or other dental work? Our Boardwalk Dental Care team is accepting new patients! Contact us to schedule an appointment.