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Root Canal Recovery Tips

Many people have a negative impression of root canals. Though they get a bad rap, modern root canals can be done with minimal discomfort to the patient. They can be instrumental in saving an at-risk tooth and should always be considered before extraction and replacement. 

Taking Care of Your Smile After a Root Canal

After your root canal treatment in Naperville is complete, you’ll need to take a few steps to ensure success.

  1. Wait until the numbing effects have worn off before eating your first post-procedure meal. This can help you avoid biting your tongue or cheek.
  2. For the first few days, eat soft foods that will still supply the nutrition you’ll need to recover. Think yogurt, broth, scrambled eggs, avocado, smoothies, and cottage cheese.
  3. Be prepared to use an ice pack to keep swelling down. Adequate icing early on may help make your recovery process easier and shorter.
  4. If you vape or smoke, reduce your use as much as possible for the first few days.
  5. Avoid exercising, as jumping back into your workout routine prematurely can disrupt your recovery and even cause bleeding.
  6. Get some rest! It’s not a good idea to burn the midnight oil while recovering from a root canal. Sleep is an essential part of the healing process.
  7. Don’t ignore symptoms like ongoing pain, hives, or swelling that lasts more than a day. While most patients have no issues, infections are possible and need to be addressed.

Visit Us for a Root Canal Treatment in Naperville

If you’re experiencing dental pain, it’s time to visit a dentist. Contact us for an appointment today! If we find that the right solution is a root canal treatment, our Naperville dental team will make sure you have the most positive experience possible.

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