Root Canal Post Treatment
If you need a root canal, you may be worried about what happens when it’s over. If you have questions about what you can or cannot do after a root canal, you’re not alone. Here is some information about root canal post treatment.
Root Canal Post Treatment: Types of Sedation Available for a Root Canal
Once you’re here to have root canal therapy, you might be concerned that the procedure will be painful. You might wonder if you should be sedated, or if this is something that you don’t want to remember. The procedure itself will be painless. It should be boring. In 15 years of practice, I’ve never sedated anyone. I’ve never felt the need to sedate anyone. In addition to the cost, the downsides of being sedated include having to make sure you have a driver. Also, you’ll have to take the whole day off from work, and someone will have to take you home and watch you after the fact. If you come in and are comfortable with us, you’ll pick whatever type of music you’d like to hear in your operatory. We make the experience comfortable and pleasant so that, once you leave, the anesthesia goes away and you can go about your normal life.
Root Canal Post Treatment: How Long Will You be Numb After a Root Canal?
Most of the time, when we numb you for a root canal procedure, you can expect to be numb for a few hours following the procedure. Everyone is different. Some might be less; some might be a little more. Normally, though, numbness abates within a few hours following the procedure.
Root Canal Post Treatment: Can You Drive Right After a Root Canal?
Having a root canal is no different than having a filling or having your teeth cleaned if they happen to get you numb. When you leave here, you can drive yourself and go right back to work or go about all your normal daily activities.
Root Canal Post Treatment: Pain After a Root Canal
Pain is the primary concern any time you hear the words, root canal. In fact, however, when you do have the treatment, we expect you to have zero pain. Following the treatment, you’ll be numb for a few hours. You can go right back to work, play sports, or do whatever your normal life would have included that day. Once the anesthesia wears off, you can normally expect a dull achiness, and even a mild throbbing would be the extent of your discomfort. Most teeth will be slightly tender as you chew; however, most of them are slightly tender when you come in, and that will continue for a little while. We usually recommend taking over-the-counter ibuprofen if you’re medically able to do that. That usually takes care of everything.
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