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What Happens After a Root Canal?

Thanks to modern techniques and anesthesia, a root canal procedure can be quickly completed to alleviate tooth pain and infection. Once your root canal procedure is complete, it’s understandable you may feel eager to return to your regular diet and activities. However, what happens after a root canal is a critical part of the treatment process!

After a root canal, you will be sent home with post-op information about managing any pain and instructions detailing how to care for your tooth. It’s important to closely follow these instructions so your mouth can heal without complications.

Crown or Filling

Root canal therapy is meant to save your natural tooth so you can avoid an extraction and tooth replacement. Depending on the extent of the procedure and strength of the tooth, a filling or a crown may be placed to support and protect what remains of the natural tooth.

Caring for Your Healing Mouth

As the numbing wears off, you may feel tender and sore around the treatment area. Typically, this sensation is temporary and can be relieved with over-the-counter medications.

Stay hydrated with plenty of water and eat nutrient-dense, soft foods that won’t irritate the treatment area. We recommend yogurt, smoothies, pureed soups, applesauce, macaroni and cheese, baked sweet potatoes, bananas, etc.

Good oral hygiene habits will help prevent infection and additional dental issues. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day. Be sure to brush your tongue! If you experience severe pain or swelling during your recovery, please let us know.

Root Canal Treatment in Arvada, CO

Dr. Paguio, Dr. Martella, and our team at Art of Endodontics strive to provide patients with an exceptionally comfortable experience if you need root canal treatment in Arvada, CO. Contact us today to learn more about root canal therapy and the best recovery steps post-treatment!

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What Is Endodontic Retreatment?

Unfortunately, it is possible for teeth to heal improperly or for oral pain to reappear after root canal therapy. This can occur for a variety of reasons, such as the canals were not treated during the initial procedure or the inside of the tooth was recontaminated due to an insufficient seal.

Endodontic Retreatment Process

While a root canal procedure initially is meant to provide relief, sometimes a tooth does not heal as anticipated. In these cases, our expert team can take a look to determine if the patient would benefit from endodontic retreatment. This goal of this treatment will be to eliminate pain and infection, save your natural tooth, and prevent the need for a tooth replacement.

Our team can diagnose issues like this and create a personalized treatment plan to address the problem area. If endodontic retreatment is recommended, we’ll schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

At your appointment, we will reopen the compromised tooth, remove the original restorative material, clean the canals, and evaluate and treat the inside of your tooth for infection or other pain-causing issues. Once the root of the issue is resolved, the tooth will be filled and sealed again.

Recovery time will vary per patient depending on the complexity of their retreatment. In general, patients may expect mild tooth sensitivity and discomfort for the first few days. Soft foods and room temperature beverages can make eating easier until the affected area has healed.

Endodontic Retreatment in Arvada, CO

Are you experiencing discomfort or pain in a tooth that was already treated? It may have failed to heal properly. Dr. Paguio and Dr. Martella at Art of Endodontics can carefully examine your tooth to determine whether endodontic retreatment can save your tooth and stop your pain. Contact us today with any questions about our services!

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Root Canal Facts vs. Myths

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There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding root canal therapy. At Art of Endodontics, we aim to clear up misconceptions and answer specific questions that you may have regarding your upcoming root canal treatment.

Are Root Canals Painful?

Historically speaking, root canals were painful treatments that patients dreaded. Today, however, anesthesia and modern techniques make root canals virtually painless procedures that will relieve your tooth pain. Our team will provide you with any necessary pain relief and sedation, as well as information before and after your procedure to help you have the most comfortable treatment and recovery process possible.

What Do Root Canals Treat?

A tooth infection, cracked tooth, or broken tooth can cause an unbearable toothache due to damage inside the tooth. At Art of Endodontics, we specialize in treating pain and infection in the inner and bottom parts of a tooth, or the pulp and roots. Our advanced treatments can relieve your discomfort and improve your quality of life by removing damaged tissue and infection.

Root canal therapy is an essential method for treating tooth infections. Left untreated, the infection will only become worse and possibly spread to other parts of the mouth and body. Root canals remove the dental pulp from the inside of the tooth to treat the issue at its source.

Is Root Canal Therapy Better Than Extraction?

The restorative treatment option that will work best for your smile will depend on a variety of different factors. If a tooth has incurred too much damage, removing it and replacing it may be the best option. However, we want our patients to keep their natural teeth as often as possible, so if a root canal is an option, that is what we typically recommend.

Will I Need a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns restore both the appearance and strength of teeth that have become weak due to decay or dental trauma. Placing a dental crown over a tooth after a successful root canal treatment can help to support the tooth and keep it healthy. If you need one, your custom crown will feel natural and blend in seamlessly with your smile.

Contact Art of Endodontics with additional questions about root canal treatment!