Aftercare Following a Root Canal Procedure
Root canal therapy is a treatment for a tooth infected or badly decayed. When the tooth is compromised to this extent, the nerves and blood vessels can also become damaged. After the treatment, it is essential to follow several aftercare instructions so that the tooth can heal properly. Here are the most important ones:
The tooth should not be brushed for 24 hours after the procedure. It should be rinsed gently with salt water instead. After the initial 24 hours have passed, the patient can brush and floss normally. However, it’s essential to avoid flossing around the affected area of the gum line.
Even if a patient feels the pain has subsided, avoiding chewing on the treated area is still important. This can cause the restoration to fail. The patient should avoid eating crunchy foods until an appointment for a checkup is scheduled. Hard foods should also be avoided.