Reduce Stress on Your Tooth
If you received a temporary filling, then your tooth isn’t fully protected until your dentist is able to permanently restore it. Until that time, you should avoid chewing on the affected side of your mouth to reduce stress on your treated tooth.
Choose Soft Foods
You’ll be ready to eat food shortly after your procedure, but it’s best to choose soft foods. Avoid crunchy or hard foods until you’ve received a permanent filling or crown from your dentist. Eating hard foods before that time increases the risk of damaging your temporary filling or even breaking your tooth.
Brush Your Teeth Gently
Be careful when brushing and flossing in the treated area. It may be more difficult to floss around the temporary filling, so make sure not to force it. Dental hygiene is still important, but be gentle.
Make an Appointment with Your Dentist
If you received a temporary filling, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible after your root canal treatment, usually about 2–4 weeks after the procedure and no later than 6 weeks. Because root canal therapy removes part of your tooth structure, it can temporarily weaken your tooth. In most cases, your dentist will complete your tooth restoration with a crown or permanent filling.
Treat Discomfort as Needed
Generally, the level of pain from your infected tooth will dramatically decrease immediately after your procedure, and your heightened sensitivity to hot and cold will disappear. You may experience some residual discomfort for the first 24–48 hours after the procedure, but you can usually treat it with common over-the-counter pain medications that provide pain relief. 800 mg of Ibuprofen and 1,000 mg of Tylenol taken at the same time every 6 hours is usually the most effective.
Why Root Canal Aftercare Is Important
With the modern techniques and technology we use at Wiswall Endodontics, root canal therapy doesn’t feel all that different from a standard filling. But there is a difference in aftercare because endodontic treatment temporarily weakens your tooth structure if you don’t receive a final filling during your procedure. Without proper care and a follow-up appointment with your dentist, it’s possible to cause permanent damage to your tooth, or in the worst case scenario, even to lose it.