In some cases, our patients dislike particular treatments much more than others. While this is normal, as we all have likes and dislikes, the one remedy which is nearly universally feared and disliked is the root canal. We even have patients who have never experienced a root canal tell us that they do not like the therapy.
Unfortunately, modern root canals still carry the stigma and fearsome reputation of root canals of years past. While some aspects are still the same; we have advances which vastly improve the procedure as well as your recovery. The primary cause of excessive pain often associated with a root canal is the inability to adequately numb the area of a patient’s mouth which needed treatment. The numbing was difficult because in most cases the nerves and blood vessels surrounding the tooth were decaying or dead. By improving the precision with anesthetics, our root canal dentist in Huntington Beach can deliver proper pain relief where it is needed. This makes the entire process much more comfortable for our patients.
After your root canal is over, there are some things you can do to make your recovery better such as:
• Plan to rest after your root canal. If it is at all possible, schedule your root canal for a time when you are able to clear your schedule for at least a day, although a few days is even better.
• Stock your pantry with soft, easy to eat foods that require little preparation. Yogurt, eggs, mashed potatoes, pudding, and macaroni and cheese are a few examples of these. You can make your own list of favorites, but be sure to avoid hard, chewy, or sticky foods after a root canal.
• Use an ice pack to help relieve pain and swelling from the area near your root canal.
• Take your pain medication as directed. Many dentists hear that their patient had terrible pain, but then later find out that the patient did not take their medication as prescribed.
As you can see, it is possible to recover from a root canal. If you would like to hear more tips about root canal recovery, please contact our office, and we would happily get information for you.