Root Canal Aftercare

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After getting a root canal procedure, there are some steps you can take to make yourself more comfortable. While root canals are routine, there can be a discomfort stage. That discomfort may or may not include swelling. Each case is different, but about 40 percent of root canal patients report some level of discomfort immediately after. That discomfort typically subsides within 12 to 24 hours.

Pain management starts with over-the-counter pain reliever—particularly ibuprofen. Avoid aspirin, since this can increase chances of bleeding.

Deceptive symptoms may arise, such as the affected tooth feeling loose. This is only because of increased sensitivity in the nerves just past the treated area. You should also expect increased sensitivity to biting pressure, so it’s best to tread lightly in the affected area at first.

Something called endodontic flare-up occurs in about 8 percent of cases. This may mean you need retreatment. It happens in the first 48 hours after treatment, and involves an unusual amount of pain or swelling. You should contact your East Los Angeles dentist if you experience any of the following:

Rash, hives or itching
Perceptible unevenness in your bite
Pain or pressure lasting longer than 24 hours

In an event called overinstrumentation, the dentist or endodontist may accidentally extend the treatment area to healthy tissue. This can cause a ligament to be nicked, for example. Leakage may also occur, either of solutions or medications. This is not a malpractice issue, but lies within the normal margin of surgical risk.

Most pain or discomfort is due to simple post-op inflammation. It is far less likely that the act of root canal therapy itself triggers a new infection.

It’s best to customize your intake of food and drink for the first few days, maintaining special awareness of the root canal site. Our expert in East LA root canal can answer any other questions you may have.

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Reasons for Root Canal Treatment

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Our teeth are built with several layers, including enamel and dentin. Decay left untreated can penetrate these layers and reach the pulp of the tooth. This is where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues live. A root canal must be performed in order to remove decayed tissue and restore the tooth back to health.

Our teeth are built with several layers, including enamel and dentin. Decay left untreated can penetrate these layers and reach the pulp of the tooth. This is where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues live. A root canal must be performed in order to remove decayed tissue and restore the tooth back to health.

Here are some other situations in while a root canal is needed:

• Abscess

• Multiple severe toothaches

• Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

• Physical damage, such as a broken tooth

• Gum infections

This procedure may require two separate appointments. The process will likely begin with taking dental x-rays in order to help our dentist in Torrance to determine the troublesome areas. The tooth will then be prepared and protected from salvia. Special dental tools are then used to carefully remove the affected pulp tissue. In some cases, retreatment may be necessary if symptoms persist.

Many believe that this process is painful, but in fact, they are meant to eliminate any pain felt due to infection. The reasons listed above are considered either serious or emergencies, so if you are experiencing symptoms, be sure to contact root canal dentist in Torrance today.

Cavity Preventing Tips

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The only way to prevent the need for a root canal treatment is to avoid decay and cavities. There are several steps to take and incorporate into your daily life to ensure your teeth are healthy and free of infection.

Patients must always be sure to brush their teeth every day. Our Los Angeles endodontist can recommend which tools and materials are right for you and your oral care needs. Soft bristled toothbrushes are often best, but you may benefit from toothpaste made specifically for fluoride or teeth whitening. Everyday oral care habits must also include flossing, which will eliminate left over debris from food, a considerable contributor in tooth infections.

While some foods are bad for the teeth, others are beneficial. Be sure to include cheese, almonds, and leafy greens in your diet. These will help brush debris and plaque from the surfaces of the teeth and clean the dental enamel.

Many dentists recommend dental sealants, especially for younger patients. This is a thin plastic layer that protects the teeth from cavity-causing substances. The benefits of dental sealants can last for years, eliminating the chances of tooth infections and root canal therapy. Ask your dentist about this possibility and other cavity prevention advice today.