After root canals in St. Louis with Dr. Spalitto, you can expect some tenderness,
but an overall quick recovery. Some patients may be wondering, what is
a root canal? Root canals are procedures performed by a dentist to repair
and save teeth that have become badly decayed or infected. While some
people feel understandably anxious about root canal pain, root canals
are very common procedures in modern dentistry and are perfectly safe.
Continue reading to find out more about what you can expect after you
visit Dr. Spalitto for a root canal.
After your dentist completes your root canal, you should expect some sensitivity
and soreness. Remember, root canals are minor surgeries, and the mouth
needs time to heal. As your body undergoes the natural healing process,
be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions to ward off lingering
root canal pain. You can take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce
pain and swelling and you may also want to rely on soft foods to avoid
After your root canal, your tooth will either be sealed with a permanent
or temporary filling. If a temporary filling is placed, you should not
chew on the tooth until it is restored by your dentist. In the meantime,
you may expect for a thin layer of the filling to wear off and for the
tooth to feel slightly sensitive and fragile. However, the initial swelling
should die down after a couple days. Contact your dentist if it does not.
To ensure your tooth’s long-term health, you will need to return
to your dentist to have the tooth restored in a second appointment. Because
a tooth that needs a root canal almost always has a filling or significant
decay, a crown or other restoration is placed to make the tooth functional again.
Find out more about root canals or schedule an appointment with Dr. Spalitto
by calling the team at West County Dental at (314) 821-2712. Our office
practices family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry and is pleased to offer
the latest dental procedures and techniques. Call us today or visit our
website to learn more about our services.