More than 15 million root canal procedures are performed annually. That is over 41,000 teeth per day that would otherwise have been extracted. If you are scheduled for this treatment, you have a lot of company . . . and probably some questions about aftercare.
Comfort and efficiency
You likely chose Dr. Venitress Carrington because of her gentle touch and high-tech approach to root canal therapy. She is experienced in several endodontic techniques, utilizing contemporary instruments such as the Piezo ultrasonic handpiece, for comfortable, efficient care. The option of nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation in addition to local anesthetic ensures a stress-free experience.
What to expect post-procedure
You may have some tenderness in the jaw joint and at the root canal site. This is a normal part of healing, and typically lasts only a day or two, easily managed with over the counter analgesics. Usually, prescription pain medications are not necessary.
The treated tooth may feel a bit different from other teeth. This is your body adjusting to not having nerves and blood flow in the tooth. You should, however, contact Dr. Carrington if you have severe pain, or a sensation of pressure that lasts more than a few days.
Home care tips for fast healing
- Brush and floss daily – this is very important!
- Do not eat anything until numbness wears off, to avoid biting your tongue or cheek.
- Try to chew on the other side until the root canal tooth is protected with a crown.
- Contact Smile Creations if you believe your temporary filling has come out.
- While complications are rare, see Dr. Carrington right away if you develop swelling inside or outside the mouth; hives, rash, or itching; or your bite seems uneven.
In Dr. Carrington’s experienced hands, you can expect an uneventful root canal procedure, for restored function and smile appearance. Call (770) 786-2754.