Having A Root Canal Done To Your Damaged Tooth

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For a dental patient that has suffered substantial tooth damage or that has a significant tooth infection, a root canal can be a vital procedure for preventing the tooth from being lost due to these issues.

You May Need A Day Or Two To Acclimate To Having The Crown On The Teeth That Underwent Root Canals

As part of the root canal process, a patient will have a crown applied to the top of their tooth. This crown will help to protect and reinforce the tooth so that it will be unlikely to break or suffer more damage as a result of the compromised tissue being removed from its interior as this can greatly weaken the tooth. However, the crown can be a protective shell that will stop the tooth from cracking or breaking in the future. Many patients will find that it can take them a couple of days to fully acclimate to having the dental crown on the tooth. During this time, you will want to be particularly careful when you are biting so that you avoid accidentally biting down too hard or biting your lip or cheeks.

Consider Having Someone Available To Drive You Home Following The Root Canal Procedure

There are a variety of anesthetics that the dentist will be able to use during your root canal procedure. These products can drastically reduce the overall amount of discomfort that you may experience during this treatment. However, some of the more powerful anesthetics can leave a person feeling groggy or otherwise incapable of safely driving their vehicle. If you are planning to use stronger anesthetics rather than localized options, you may need to arrange for a friend or loved one to be available to drive you home. Otherwise, you may have to wait several hours before the anesthetics have worn off enough to allow you to be able to safely drive yourself home.

Be Diligent With Keeping The Crown And The Base Of The Tooth Clean

After you have gone through the process of receiving a root canal and having a crown placed on the treated tooth, you will need to be particularly diligent when it comes to keeping it clean. While the crown itself will not be vulnerable to developing decay, any plaque or tartar that forms on the crown could spread to the gums. This may lead to the patient developing extensive gum disease if they have not been diligent with cleaning the crowns that they have received.

Contact your dentist for more information about root canals


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