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Root canal therapy, also called endodontics, is used to save teeth that are fractured or have very deep decay. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. 

The specialists at Whistler Dental are highly skilled to treat and repair natural teeth, preventing the possible need for extraction, leaving the patient comfortable and back on the road to good oral health.

In order to ensure recovery is as smooth and comfortable as can be, we recommend following these 5 tips after root canal treatment:

Pain Management

Following root canal treatment, you may experience tenderness and inflammation in the area, however, in most cases, these symptoms will only last a couple of days. Most pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, however, in some cases, your dentist may be able to prescribe stronger pain medication. 

If pain persists for longer than a few days, it is recommended to check in with your dentist. 

Another way to manage pain is to do activities which will keep your mind off of it — go for a walk, read a book, visit with friends or whatever you feel you can manage. 

Choose Foods Wisely

Due to the sensitivity that may occur post-treatment, it’s important to be selective with the foods you eat. Hard foods, chewy foods and foods that are spicy can irritate the area even more than it already is and possibly displace the temporary filling in some patients. 

It is recommended to choose softer foods such as soups, oatmeal and scrambled eggs. It’s also recommended to be mindful of the temperature of the foods you eat. Eating foods that are too hot or cold may also irritate the area.

Practice Good Oral Healthcare

Following a good oral healthcare routine will not only help with the root canal recovery, but it will also protect your other teeth and possibly prevent future procedures. Simple habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing can make a huge difference to your oral health. However, be sure to brush and floss gently as not to irritate the area or disturb the temporary filling. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings are also highly recommended. 

Get the Crown Placed As Soon As Possible

After the initial root canal treatment, a temporary filling is inserted until the mouth has time to heal and a permanent crown can be put in place. It is important that this crown is placed as soon as recommended by your dentist. Delaying this step of the treatment can lead to damage to the tooth. 

Follow Instructions Given by Your Dentist

Of course every patient’s procedure, treatment and recovery will be unique to them and it is important that they follow the special instructions given to them by their dentist. Following your dentist’s instructions will ensure a speedy and smooth recovery.

 

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. You may recognize that fluttering feeling of being in love. But which of these symptoms are love and which mean you are in need of root canal treatment? Here’s which is which and how to know the difference. If you have any doubts or pain, book an appointment with Whistler Dental today.

Can’t Eat?

That’s a sign of Love! When you’re in love, and can’t stop thinking about someone you can lose your appetite. But be careful- root canals can stop you from being able to chew which can make it really difficult to eat too.

Sensitivity To Heat or Cold

You guessed right, that’s a sign of a root canal. If your tooth aches when you eat or drink anything hot or cold, it may be a sign of a root canal. It starts as a dull ache and gets progressively worse.

Throbbing Pain?

That’s a sure sign of a root canal. The soft tissue (pulp) inside the root canal becomes infected or inflamed and causes throbbing pain to the tooth. (Don’t get confused with heart throbbing – that’s a sign of being in love…)

Flushed Cheeks

A sign that love is in the air. When you’re in love, blood flows to your face, causes your cheeks to go red. When you have a root canal in need of treatment, the infection causes increased blood flow to the area, which makes it red too.

Gum Inflammation

Root canal pain is caused when the tooth decays or a crack or chip in the tooth causes the pulp inside the tooth to get inflamed. This causes the nerves to react which leads to gum inflammation. (Don’t get this confused with the burning desire you feel when you’re in love…)

Other Symptoms

There are other symptoms of needing root canal treatment that should definitely not to be confused with being in love. A loose tooth, puss coming from the area and when the tooth becomes a darker colour are all indications that you should go and visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Don’t Worry

Root canal treatment may seem daunting but the process actually saves the tooth. The endodontist will remove the inflamed pulp, clean and shape the inside of the root canal and fills and seals the space. A crown is then placed on your tooth to protect it.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us here at Whistler Dental. If you’re not sure if you’re in love or in need or root canal treatment (or both!) book an appointment today.

SO YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL- WHAT THIS MEANS AND HOW TO PREPARE?

You’ve received the news that you need a root canal, and now you have a flurry of questions about what this means. you may wonder why you require this procedure, what it will be like, and how you will recover. questions about root canals are very common. we hope to address many of the common concerns about root canals and hopefully relieve some of the fear and anxiety you may have around the procedure. here are some common questions we get from patients about to undergo a root canal.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

The goal of a root canal is to save an unhealthy tooth so it continues to functional in a healthy and optimal manner. A root canal is the process of removing the infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth which is located in the tooth’s root. A root canal treatment is also known as an endodontic treatment and helps restore a tooth to its healthiest state. More than 15 million root canals are performed in the USA annually, and using modern dental technology, they are successful 95 percent of the time.

WHY DO I NEED ONE?

You may have noticed that your teeth are sensitive to hot and/ or cold, that they are tender to touch, that they are painful or throbbing, or that there is swelling on the gum line or face. These are symptoms of deep decay of the tooth, and signs that you may need a root canal to restore your tooth to optimal health. If left untreated these symptoms will get worse and in some cases, will surpass the need of a root canal, with extraction the only other option.

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF A ROOT CANAL LIKE?

A root canal is typically done over two appointments. It involves removing the pulp from your root canal through a small opening on the top of your tooth. After the pulp has been removed the canals are cleansed and sealed to prevent bacteria from reaching the bone. Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to freeze the area that surrounds the tooth, so pain will be minimal. Once the pulp extraction has been completed, often a temporary or permanent filling is applied over the opening.

HOW DO I PREPARE/ RECOVER?

Preparing for your root canal will ensure notifying your dentist of any medications you are taking or if you have any medical conditions which leave you prone to infection. It is important to familiarize yourself with your dental insurance and any coverage that may be applicable, and plan for any financial costs that may be incurred. You may also want to speak to your dentist about anesthetic options and what you are likely to experience after being anesthetized.

After your root canal you will likely experience some tenderness to the area surrounding the tooth for a few days, and possible some mild soreness around the jaw. If administered an anesthetic, you will want someone to drive you home from your appointment. Typically regular activities can resume the following day and you will likely be completely back to normal and pain-free in the couple days following your procedure.

If you have further questions about having a root canal, make sure to consult your dentist they will be able to talk you through the procedure and address any of your concerns.

Here at Whistler Dental, we are happy to assist you with any dental questions that you have, simply send us an email, and we will be happy to help.