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If you have just recently undergone root canal treatment, it’s time to recover. The recovery process allows healing and resting and it gives your smile the chance to restore its full health. To help you successfully complete the recovery process, we recommend doing the following things:

Take prescribed medications
Your dentist or endodontist will give you prescribed medications to help you with the pain and discomfort. So, take those as recommended. If your doctor does not give you any prescribed medication, you can dull the pain with over-the-counter medication, like Advil or Motrin.

Avoid using that tooth
We strongly recommend that you avoid using the treated tooth if your doctor has not yet filled it with a dental filling or covered it with a dental crown. Chewing with this tooth could cause recontamination or infection.

Brush and floss
It’s best to brush and floss your teeth like normal so you can keep your mouth clean and healthy. If you are concerned about brushing and flossing, please feel free to talk to your dentist or endodontist for suggestions.

Watch out for problems
Some problems associated with root canal recovery include oral swelling, an allergic reaction to medications, an uneven bite, or the return of original symptoms. If you experience one or more of these problems, please call our office immediately for treatment.

Rest
Resting is vital if you want a full recovery. Generally, patients are able to return to normal activities the next day, but until then, take it easy.

Doing these five things will help you get back to your normal everyday life. If you would like more tips on how to recover from root canal surgery, call Artistic Dentistry now at 480.827.1234 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. Now remember, if you experience any problems, call us immediately and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryce E. Justesen.