After Care Instructions After Root Canal Treatment

Why do I need Root Canal Treatment?

The dental pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, may become inflamed or infected due to decay, cracked teeth or trauma. If left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess. Root canal treatment involves the removal of the inflamed or infected pulp. This will help to relieve dental pain and preserve the use of the tooth.

What are the things I need to avoid or look out for after Root Canal Treatment?

1. Do not eat until the numbness is completely gone
2. Avoid biting hard food on the affected tooth to reduce the risk of fracture until you have had it restored by your general dentist
3. Maintain good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing, around the affected tooth
4. You may experience some discomfort for the first few days after the treatment. You may take some analgesics to relieve the discomfort.

What is the duration of Root Canal Treatment?

Root canal treatment can be done in a single session or in multiple visits (2-3 visits) depending on the complexity of the case.

Will Root Canal Treatment be painful?

Topical anaesthetic gel is applied to the gums to numb the area. Subsequently, local anaesthetic is placed gently to ensure full anaesthesia. Once the site is fully anaesthetized, the root canal treatment should be comfortable with little or no pain.

Is it compulsory to have a crown done on the root treated tooth?

A root canal-treated tooth is susceptible to fracture without a crown. A crown is usually compulsory. You will be referred back to your general dentist for the crown once the root canal treatment is completed.

Should I save or extract my tooth?

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. Our goal is to maintain healthy natural dentition by performing root canal treatment on restorable teeth. Only when the tooth is nonrestorable and has to be extracted, implant becomes one of the replacement options. The replacement procedures tend to cost more and require more time than root canal treatment along with crown.