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How to Prepare for a Root Canal

February 15, 2023 7:01 pm

Root canals are restorative treatments dentists use to treat tooth infections. Because they’re a bit more complex than a routine cleaning or a filling, there are things you can do to prepare.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep

The night before your root canal, consider getting to bed a little earlier than usual. You’ll feel more rested and relaxed on the day of your procedure. A good night’s sleep will also help you recover faster from the procedure.

Avoid Tobacco & Alcohol at Least 24 Hours Before Your Root Canal

It’s best to avoid any tobacco use and alcohol for at least a full day before your appointment. Why? Smoking weakens your body’s ability to heal after a root canal, while alcohol can thin your blood. To ensure a smooth, quick recovery, don’t smoke or drink for at least 24 hours before the root canal.

Take a Pain Reliever Beforehand

We use a topical anesthetic during a root canal, but it’s common to feel discomfort afterward. To head off any swelling, take an over-the-counter pain reliever (like ibuprofen) a few hours before your root canal. Make sure to ask us beforehand, so we know what medication you’re on.

Stock Up on Soft Foods

Before your appointment, make sure you have soft foods available at home. After a root canal, you should wait to eat until the numbness has worn off. Start with yogurts, pudding, and smoothies. As you recover, you can eat eggs, oatmeal, applesauce, fruit, mashed potatoes, and so on. It can take a few days to recover, during which you’ll want to keep eating softer foods and resting.

Root Canal Therapy at High Point Dentistry in Round Rock, Texas

Many people are scared of root canals, but the infection we’re treating is what causes the most pain. Root canals let us relieve your pain and save your tooth. If you need a root canal, don’t hesitate to ask us any questions about the procedure or what you can do to prepare. Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our dentists!

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