When the pulp inside your tooth becomes infected, you only have two treatment choices: remove the tooth or get a root canal. There are several good reasons to opt for the latter choice. One is how you’ll feel following the procedure. Typically, root canal recovery is quicker and easier than recovering from an extraction.

Dr. Reeh is happy to advise you on which option will work best for you. Though generally speaking, keeping a tooth in place is preferable to removing it. To speak with Dr. Reeh about your situation, call River Valley Endodontics at 651-370-9498

With his expertise, he’ll ensure every part of your root canal treatment goes well, including the recovery. In the meantime, check out our suggestions for a smooth and speedy recovery:

  • Have Your Treatment Performed by an Endodontist – To avoid problems with your treatment that could cause discomfort and/or complicate your recovery, it’s best to get your procedure from an endodontist like Dr. Reeh. Unlike a general dentist, who probably performs root canals only occasionally, an endodontist does them all the time. An endodontist also has advanced training, so they are better prepared to deal with possible complications. Dr. Reeh has been named a Top Dentist in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s endodontics category.
  • Take Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers – Compared to an extraction, discomfort from a root canal is minor – usually just a little soreness that goes away in a day or two. Taking over-the-counter pain medication is typically enough to help you feel better. If your tooth still feels tender after a week, call your endodontist. 
  • Get a Crown ASAP – To avoid bacteria getting inside your tooth and causing problems after a root canal, it’s best to see your dentist for a permanent dental crown as soon as you can. 
  • Avoid Biting Down on Hard Substances – It’s always a good idea to avoid crunching on ice, hard candies, popcorn kernels, or similar substances. But it’s especially important while you have a temporary restoration on your tooth after your root canal procedure. Avoid chewing food on the treated tooth until you get your permanent crown. 
  • Maintain Your Oral Hygiene Routine – Keep brushing and flossing daily. You should always use a gentle touch – but especially immediately after your root canal. Rinsing with antibacterial mouthwash is also a good idea during root canal recovery. 

Think you may need a root canal? Call River Valley Endodontics at 651-370-9498 to visit our Stillwater, MN office.