Tooth Extraction – the final destination

18 Jun 2015

Tooth Extraction – the final destination

Root Canal Treatment often takes two or more appointments to complete. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Take care to prevent cheek or lip biting during this time.

In the root canal treatment your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, and the irritated tissue and bacteria that have caused you to need root canal treatment are gone. So it is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your body undergoes the natural healing process. To control tenderness, take pain medication as recommended by your dentist. To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three to four times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit.

                        A temporary filling is placed by your dentist to protect the tooth between appointments. It’s common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, please call our clinic so it can be replaced. To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place:

  • Avoid chewing sticky and hard foods (especially gum).
  •  If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

It is also important to continue antibiotics for the indicated length of time, if prescribed by your dentist, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

The tooth that has had appropriate root canal treatment followed by a proper restoration can last as long as your other natural teeth. After the tooth has been restored, make sure to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular dental examinations and preventative cleanings.

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