There’s a lot of false facts surrounding root canals, so we want to set the record straight. We’ve got the answers for every question you’ve ever had about root canals and some you’ve never thought of!
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a treatment you undergo when a tooth’s pulp becomes infected. The pulp contains sensitive parts, including blood vessels, connective tissue, and nerves. Needless to say, when the pulp becomes inflamed, it’s very uncomfortable. A root canal can prevent your tooth from becoming decayed and damaged, saving you from serious pain and discomfort.
What Are Signs That I Need a Root Canal?
- Prolonged tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods
- Pain while chewing
- Tooth discoloration
- Swollen and tender gums
Is a Root Canal Painful?
When your pulp becomes infected, you’re going to feel a lot of tooth sensitivity and discomfort. A root canal is a treatment to relieve your pain and shouldn’t be too painful. With modern technology and an experienced dentist, your root canal should be fairly comfortable.
After a root canal, your tooth may be a bit sensitive. Any discomfort you feel can be relieved with over-the-counter or prescription medicine. Your dentist should tell you what to take after your treatment.
Will a Root Canal Completely Fix My Tooth?
A proper root canal treatment should fix your tooth and save it from further damage. The procedure removes an infected pulp and fills in any leftover gaps. Afterward, you’ll return to your dentist to have a crown put on your tooth. This will protect your tooth from damage or infection after your root canal.
After your root canal, you’ll be able to chew and bite again and your tooth will look completely normal. Just make sure you’re keeping up with proper dental hygiene to prevent a need for another root canal!
Does My Tooth Need Special Care After a Root Canal?
You won’t be able to chew or bite on your treated tooth until it’s completely restored by your dentist with a new crown. Eating hard and crunchy foods can reverse your treatment and put your tooth at risk of becoming infected again.
After your root canal, you’ll need to stick to soft foods and snacks.
- Smoothies – add a bit of spinach to get more nutrients from your drink!
- Soups – we recommend cream of vegetable for a delicious and nutritious meal that’s easy on the teeth.
- Eggs – scrambled eggs are the best choice following your recent root canal.
- Soft fish – try broiling some tilapia, which is soft and full of protein!
How Can I Avoid a Root Canal?
In order to avoid having to go through a root canal, you need to make sure your teeth stay in tip-top shape.
- Brush twice a day, especially before bed
- Floss every day
- Avoid hard foods (like lollipops)
- Stop chewing on ice
- Wear a mouthguard during sports
- Avoid sugary and acidic drinks (like soda and orange juice)
- Keep up with regular dental visits