When you have a tooth that has nerve damage due to an infection or decay, the solution to saving that tooth may lie in a root canal treatment in Eau Claire WI. By preserving your natural tooth, you can avoid the need for an artificial tooth, keep the alignment of your teeth, and prevent issues with your jaw.
To maintain proper functioning, your tooth does not necessarily need its nerve, so the removal through a root canal will not cause any significant damage or loss of functionality. But it can sometimes be painful.
Following are 5 simple steps to follow before you have a root canal or during your root canal recovery.
1. Take your antibiotics as prescribed by your dentist. Most teeth that require a root canal were typically painful, to begin with. It is perfectly normal for a tooth that has had endodontic therapy to be tender for a short time after the treatment has begun and continued throughout the root canal recovery process. If the tooth was infected and antibiotics were prescribed, the medication takes at least 24 to 48 hours after the medication regimen has begun.
2. Relieve pain with anti-inflammatory medication that allows for reduction of inflamed periodontal fibers during your root canal recovery. When a tooth is infected and requires a root canal, the periodontal fibers that anchor the tooth to the bone are also irritated and stretched from infection around the roots of the tooth. The trauma of the fibers/ligaments being stretched can also be very painful and will need some time to heal during your root canal recovery.
Ibuprofen, either over the counter or a stronger dosage prescribed by your dentist, will provide relief during the healing period. Gentle but thorough cleaning of the tooth and gums following root canal treatment in Eau Claire WI will create an environment for quickest healing and relief of discomfort and pain from irritated gums.
3. Give the tooth that has had a root canal some time to settle down and become more comfortable. “Ghost pain” after a tooth has had a root canal can be explained by the fact that nerves in the root of the tooth have been removed from the major nerve that supplies all of the teeth along its pathway. In much the same way people who have had a limb removed report pain in the missing limb. This pain diminishes over time and usually goes away completely.
4. Avoid crunchy, hard or tough foods on a recently treated root canal tooth for several days afterward. Staying with softer foods and chewing on the opposite side are helpful suggestions to reduce pain after root canal treatment. If the tooth does not become less sensitive after a few days, additional adjustment of the traumatic biting pressure may be needed by your dentist.
A tooth that has had a root canal is more brittle. Most of the time a tooth that needs a root canal had a large area of decay or a large old filling, so little of the original healthy tooth structure remains. A full crown to reinforce a more fragile treated tooth is recommended as soon as possible after root canal treatment in Eau Claire WI has been completed.
5. Having a crown made helps to maintain the tooth, keep it intact, functional, and less likely to develop pain from fracturing. The final step of a root canal is often placing a crown. Often times when a tooth needs a root canal, there is extensive decay or a large filling that was placed a long time ago. In order to restore the tooth to full function and also lessen further complications such as fracturing, a crown is placed.
Have questions regarding your root canal treatment in Eau Claire WI? Call our office today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your options and tips for pain management.