Protect Your Crown After A Root Canal Treatment
People are often wary of root canal treatments. They think of it only as a painful dental procedure and nothing more. But as specialists, we can say with confidence that root canal is, in fact, a very useful treatment to alleviate existing or potential tooth pains due to tooth decay. This procedure is often performed to save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.
During root canal treatment gum diseases, the infected pulp of your tooth is cleaned and the tooth is protected using protective caps called dental crowns. While the procedure relieves any pain caused due to the broken or decayed teeth, the dental crown can effectively prevent further decay of the damaged tooth. These crowns are usually made of porcelain or ceramic and can last a minimum of 5 years with proper care.
In this blog, we will discuss the 5 steps you should take to protect your dental crown after a root canal treatment.
Take Your Prescribed Medicines
Just after the root canal treatment, it is common for your teeth to feel tender and a little sore. If our dentist has prescribed antibiotics or pain relievers, it is important to take them as instructed. Antibiotics help keep the tooth from getting infected again and heal properly while painkillers can help with the soreness.
Even if your dental crown and gums feel tender, it is important to brush your teeth twice a day to promote quicker healing. Brush your dental crown clean using sensitive-teeth toothpaste to avoid sensitivity issues. Make sure to brush gently for two minutes instead of aggressive cleaning.
Flossing Between Meals
Most people stop brushing when it comes to dental care. However, for proper care of your teeth, it is very necessary to floss as well. This will easily free food particles stuck between your teeth, which is the prime cause of cavities in most cases. Ideally, after a root canal treatment, you should floss between meals to keep your mouth free of food particles and avoid further cavity formation.
During your healing period after a root canal treatment, you should also keep an eye on what you eat. Due to increased tooth sensitivity, it is necessary to keep away from foods that are either too hot or too cold. Stay away from carbonated drinks to protect your dental crown from potential degradation. Also, avoid eating hard foods that require some pressure to bite down and sticky foods that tend to get stuck to your teeth.
You can revert back to your old diet with some precautions once your tooth has completely healed.
Stop With Snacking
If you have the habit of snacking too often, it is better to stop it completely during the healing period after a root canal treatment. Snacking on crunchy foods and drinks without washing or flossing your mouth in between could be one of the major reasons for the cavity formation and dental decay in the first place. So, to avoid dental issues cut down on your frequent snacking to once or twice a day, once the crown has completely healed.
Dental care is a continuous process. So take care of your natural teeth as well as the dental crowns daily to maintain their health. If you are suffering from an unexplained toothache, gum diseases, or cavities, visit our G.P.’s – all Endodontics (Root Canal Treatment) Experts with or without Microscope – or our Specialist Periodontics (Gum Diseases) Dr. Amin Ur Rahman today at The Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC for a detailed free consultation and treatment.