If your dentist recently suggested that you need root canal surgery, you might be feeling a bit apprehensive. More than one in every three adults experience some kind of dental anxiety. This number increases when it comes to procedures performed by an oral surgeon or endodontist. In some cases, with the advances in dental technology, this trend is changing. Root canal therapy is not nearly as uncomfortable a procedure as it once was. Plus, the recovery process is quicker and easier than ever before.
Top Endodontists, Top Root Canal Recovery
Putting your root canal therapy in the hands of experienced professionals is another way to reduce your dental anxiety. Dr. Lina Jarboe, Dr. Burton Waxman, and the team at Access Endodontics can provide you with the expert treatment, compassionate care, and comforting chairside manner you’re looking for. Contact us today at 410.304.7226 to learn more.
Laser-Assisted Root Canals
Root canal therapy is a procedure in which your endodontist drills a small hole in your tooth to remove the infected pulp, then replaces it with a filling material. Your endodontist will then seal the hole. This is done to eliminate the infection and prevent it from spreading further. When you visit your endodontist’s office for your root canal surgery, the following steps will happen:
- Your endodontist administers a local anesthetic and sedative
- They will then drill a tiny hole into the infected tooth
- Once the hole is drilled, they will clean out the inside of the tooth
- When the tooth is fully cleaned, the dentist will fill it with an inert filling material
- The tooth is sealed
The procedure can be completed in about 60 to 90 minutes. While it is invasive, modern dental technology allows for less unnecessary damage to your mouth during the procedure. This keeps discomfort to a minimum.
The Root Canal Recovery Timeline
Your root canal recovery will begin once your local anesthetic and sedation have worn off. You might experience some discomfort when swelling is at its height, but you’ll start feeling significantly better quickly. Your endodontist may prescribe some pain medication, and they will give a list of instructions for aiding in your recovery.
The root canal recovery timeline is about 24 to 48 hours if you follow all the instructions you’re given. Many patients return to work the same day, however some take a day off. This does vary between individuals, we recommend that the patient plan to take it easy for at least two days following the procedure.
Root Canal Recovery Tips
Below are some of the suggestions you’re likely to receive from your endodontist about your root canal recovery.
Gargle with Warm Salt Water
This is actually a very important step, as gargling salt water can help your mouth heal and prevent infection from developing. It may be uncomfortable at first, but it will quickly start to feel easier.
Apply a Cold Compress
Holding something cold up to the site of the procedure should provide some added comfort and help reduce swelling, which will reduce your pain.
Avoid Solid Foods
Your endodontist will instruct you on what you should and should not eat post-procedure. In the beginning stages of your root canal recovery, you’re going to want to avoid solid foods altogether. Your dentist will likely recommend eating soft foods like yogurt and ice cream while you heal.
Contact Access Endodontics to Schedule an Appointment
If you need root canal surgery, contact Access Endodontics by calling 410.304.7226 or by scheduling an appointment online. Let us help you make the process as manageable as possible.