Best possible maintenance of oral health should be one of the top most priorities of your daily routine. After all, oral health care is one of the foundations that ensure trouble free, healthy life. This fact can turn into a reality for you too! All that is required of you is not only to take proper care of the healthy teeth in the oral cavity, but also the ones that have been restored by the dentist. Be it a small filling, crown placement or root canal treatment, each of them require regular maintenance.
People who are about to undergo Root canal treatment (Abbreviated as RCT) do their homework particularly well. They surf the internet and extract each and every detail in relation to the safety and success rate of the procedure. How many of you made an effort to know more about the care tips required after the endodontic procedure is finally over? In case you thought it was not too relevant to pay heed to the instructions being emphasized on by the dentist, rethink!
We agree that the vital tissue no longer exists in the root canal treated tooth, but the restored tooth is very much positioned within the bone and surrounded by living tissue with blood supply. Thus, the entire unit still demands constant aftercare, like post extraction phase.
Tend To An Endodontically Restored Tooth Using 10 Tips
Wait Till The Numbness Wears Off Completely
Many people are given local anaesthesia during the first and last few steps of Root canal treatment. Once the insides of the canals within the root or roots has been irrigated for the last and final time, an inert material known as Gutta percha is carefully packed into them so as to block the ingress of fluids or bacterial infection via the opening found at the root apex. Once that’s done, the crown area through which the dentist accessed these canals is sealed with a temporary material.
Even thought the contact between the treated teeth and the opposing teeth is deliberately broken (by the dentist), avoid placing too much pressure on that tooth. Till the time numbness remains in the treated area, avoid eating as you might end up biting and hurting your cheek or tongue!
Final Restoration Is A Must
Let your dentist know that you wish to have a dental crown placed over the endodontically treated tooth. The reason behind this is to keep the fragile tooth from breaking under the occlusal or masticatory stress. Once an artificial crown is cemented over it, the tooth will be stable enough to work more efficiently, without stirring further trouble.
Suppress The Swelling
To do so, grab a few ice cubes from the freezer, wrap it in a soft cloth and place it against the side where the procedure was performed for approximately ten minutes.
The cold fermentation helps in cutting through the mild to moderate pain experienced. You can always re-apply the ice pack for prolonging the cool, numbing sensation.
Pain Relief And Antibiotic Course
Pain medications are not needed in all cases. Nevertheless, if one has a low threshold for pain or begin to feel an increase in the intensity of pain, be prudent and pop in a pill for the same (only the pain killers prescribed by the dentist). Continue taking the antibiotics in the same dose as mentioned in the prescription. Remember, adhering to the entire course of antibiotics is essential to resolve and prevent the recurrence of tooth infection.
Give Some Time For The Restored Tooth To Heal
It is normal to experience some discomfort and pressure sensitivity after the completion of the procedure. Many a time, this is noticed after a crown has been fitted on the restored tooth. If so happens, do not get worked up! Whenever change in any form (good or bad), is introduced into the body, an adjustment phase is needed to put all the uneasiness to rest.
Warm Rinses After Day One
If pain persists and mild to moderate degree of issue and tooth tenderness exists, even twenty four hours following the root canal treatment, rinse with warm water mixed with salt, as many times as you can.
Continue the rinses for the next forty-eight hours to notice great relief, especially while eating.
Control The Urge To Constantly Check Or Feel The Tooth
It is human nature to try and make an intentional attempt to explore anything new. However, in this case, make a conscious effort and refrain your tongue movements in the restored tooth’s direction. Many people are so curious to test the efficacy of the procedure they underwent that they deliberately probe the poor, healing tooth with their finger. Try and distract your attention and let the chain of healing events go on, undisturbed.
Go Easy On Your Diet
If you are planning on having a pizza right after steeping out of the dental clinic with a newly restored tooth, you might not have a pleasant experience. Having food items with a sticky, tough consistency can incite some discomfort. It is thus, advisable to try and stick to a diet that has more of soft foods such as youghurt, a bowl of soup or fruits such as banana or papaya. These items are fairly easy to eat and satisfy your appetite without hurting the treated tooth.
No Smoking Please
Smoking is nothing less than a nuisance for each and every part of the system, including periodontal health. A strong link exists between smoking habit and periodontal disease (known as periodontitis).
If you do not want to impair the speedy recover of the temporarily tender tooth after Root canal treatment, abstain from smoking, as well as tobacco for a minimum of seven days.
Take Extremely Good Care Of The Tissues Holding The Treated Tooth
If you do the above, the bone level won’t change, and even your restored tooth can have stay in the oral cavity for an extended period. Regular brushing will not be sufficient. You need to floss on a daily basis too. Consult your dentist regarding the use of a mouthwash which prevents gingival inflammation and pain. Also, it is important to visit your dentist for regular follow up.
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