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Five Things to Know When Getting a Root Canal
Feb 15, 2023

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You already know that it’s important to take care of your teeth. So you brush twice a day, floss, and see your dentist every six months as recommended. You feel like you are doing everything right, but there’s this one tooth that’s just a bit touchy sometimes. Your dentist takes some ex-rays and does an exam, then drops the bombshell you’ve been dreading.  You need a root canal. Ugh!

Don’t panic! One of the most important things to know about getting a root canal is that it isn’t nearly as painful as most people think. Typically, it really isn’t that much different than getting a filling. If your dentist has recommended a root canal, it is because your tooth has become seriously infected or damaged. At this point, the only way to save the tooth is with a root canal. While the procedure isn’t typically painful, there are some things you can do to make your experience much more comfortable.

    1. Avoid Tobacco and Alcohol

Your dentist or endodontist will give you a local anesthetic to make you more comfortable during the procedure. It’s best to avoid tobacco and alcohol the night before to prevent an adverse reaction to the anesthetic.

    2. Eat Before Your Appointment

Your mouth will be numb for quite a while after your appointment. In order to prevent you from biting your tongue or cheeks and causing damage, your dentist will recommend that you avoid eating for a few hours after your visit. You will be much more comfortable if you eat shortly before your appointment.

    3. Take Ibuprofen

Your dentist will probably recommend that you take over the counter ibuprofen before and after your root canal to help reduce swelling and discomfort. 

    4. Ask Questions

It’s important that you understand what you can expect before, during, and after a root canal. Your dentist can explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Root canals are fairly common procedures, and arming yourself with knowledge will help you feel more relaxed before your visit.

    5. Get Some Sleep

Your body heals faster when it is rested. Try to get a good night’s sleep the night before your appointment.  Relax!  

You Are In Good Hands!

While root canals have gained a nasty reputation from the days of yesteryear, modern dentistry ensures that your experience will be much more comfortable than you might expect. You can count on The Dental Care Center  to make sure that your dentist has the latest technology and training to provide you with the most comfortable experience possible.  You can rest assured that your neighborhood dentist has your best interests at heart!