Root Canal Recovery in Allen

Dental Allen, TX All Smiles Dentistry After A Root Canal

All Smiles Dentistry
604 West Bethany Drive #210
Allen, TX 75013
(972) 747-1996


OFFICE HOURS


Monday
By Appointment

Tuesday
7:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday
12:00pm - 7:00pm

Thursday
7:00am - 3:00pm

Friday
By Appointment

Saturday
Closed

Sunday
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If you are about to undergo Root Canal Therapy (RCT) in Allen, then you’re on the way to a comprehensive and very well practiced dental technique. RCT has a 95% success rate. Once the procedure is done, you’ve given your mouth and your teeth the best possible chance for a healthier, more comfortable experience.

But RCT also has a reputation among the general population for being a feared and painful dental procedure. Most of this anxiety comes from the technique itself, which involves removing pieces of your tooth to get at the infected root or pulp underneath. However, in the 21st century, much of the anxiety and nervousness about this procedure is largely unfounded. The misconceptions of the 20th century persist in the new century, but here’s the real truth about root canal therapy and what you can expect once the procedure is complete.

INSTRUCTIONS AFTER YOUR ROOT CANAL IN Allen

After your root canal appointment, your tooth will be numb. Do not eat anything that you need to chew. Once the numbness wears off, there are a few things to be aware of.


GUM PAIN AFTER ROOT CANAL

The tooth may be tender to bite on. This is normal for the first 48 hours. If you experience discomfort, take an over the counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil. If over the counter pain medication does not relieve the pain, please notify the doctor. If you feel like the tooth touches first when you bite down, you need to notify the office because you may need an adjustment. If you also have a temporary crown, read the instructions for a temporary crown.


ROOT CANAL COMPLICATION

Rarely, there may have been complications during your root canal treatment. Most complications do not result in pain. Instead, they result in the tooth not being able to be cleaned and filled adequately. Some of these complications cannot be avoided and are a result of the complicated anatomy of the tooth. In the event the root canal treatment has complications, you will be told and the tooth will be monitored closely. Sometimes if the root canal treatment is complicated and results in complications that hinder the results, the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental implant.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Find the answers below to the most frequently asked questions about root canal recovery in Allen. Having the answers to these key questions can help you choose the right Allen dentist for you. If you don't see the answer below to a question you have, reach out to All Smiles Dentistry at (972) 747-1996 and our team can help!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECOVER FROM A ROOT CANAL?

Once the root canal is completed it normally takes 24 to 48 hours until your tooth feels completely normal again. Until then, the tooth may have mild tenderness that is relieved with over the counter pain medication like Advil or Tylenol. Rarely, a tooth that has had a root canal can experience prolonged inflammation, or more severe inflammation and require prescribed pain medication.

CAN I GO TO WORK AFTER HAVING A ROOT CANAL?

Yes! You will be numb for several hours. Before the numbness wears off, take some over the counter pain medication. This will help ease the transition and calm any inflammation from the procedure. If your work requires physical exertion, you may want to take it easy. There is no work restriction after root canal therapy.

CAN I EAT AFTER A ROOT CANAL?

Do not eat until your numbness wears off. Once your numbness wears off you can begin to eat softer food on the tooth. Be careful. Many times the tooth will be tender after treatment for a couple of days. Also, if you have a temporary crown, you will need to be careful eating certain foods until the permanent crown is placed. 24-48 hours after treatment and once the permanent crown has been placed there are no restrictions on eating.

WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF A FAILED ROOT CANAL?

If you have a tooth with a root canal that starts to hurt when you touch it, or is throbbing or painful to bite on; those are symptoms of a failed root canal. If the tooth with the root canal develops a draining abscess next to the tooth with or without pain, you have a failed root canal. Also, a root canal can be failing without any symptoms at all. These are detected using screening x rays that can see under the root of the tooth. A dark pocket can be seen in the bone, under the tooth. This is created by infection in the bone around the roots of your tooth and should be addressed.

Getting root canal therapy is quite an intensive process, but ultimately, the discomfort will be worth it. In the days following the procedure, you will regain full comfort and control of your mouth. However, it will only stay healthy if you take the steps to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen. Contact our team at All Smiles Dentistry today for more information.