Root canals can be very uncomfortable procedures. Although root canals have a bad reputation, these procedures also help to improve your oral health and comfort in the long run by removing bacteria from the root of your tooth and allowing you to save it. The end result may also be an improvement in the aesthetics of your smile due to the addition of a new crown. Your dentist will be able to ensure that your root canal procedure goes smoothly. There are steps you can take to make sure that you recover from your root canal as comfortably as possible. Here are three tips for a smooth root canal recovery.
Stock your fridge with soft foods.
Stock your fridge with soft foods before you have your surgery. The last thing you will want to do after having a root canal is to go to the store. Soft foods that are easy to chew will be your best option. Simple foods like yogurt, ice cream, scrambled eggs, and oatmeal are quick and easy. You can also do some meal prep so you have lunches and dinners ready to be reheated after your root canal. Cooked pasta and mashed vegetables are two options that can easily be prepared.
Take time off if you are able.
If you are able to take a day off of work or school following your procedure, then use that time to rest and recover. You can expect to be sore and uncomfortable after your root canal surgery. You may have trouble getting comfortable enough to sleep at night, so having some extra time to rest after your procedure can be helpful. Getting adequate rest can help to speed the healing process so that you can return to your normal routine in a shorter amount of time. You should try to maximize the amount of rest you can get and engage in low-impact activities.
Find a pillow that allows you to sleep on your back.
You may experience swelling on one side of your face after your root canal. If possible, you should try to find a way to get comfortable sleeping on your back. This will allow you to take pressure off of your face and to sleep as comfortably as possible while you recover. Try to find a pillow that supports your neck, head, and shoulders comfortably that will allow you to sleep soundly while on your back.
To learn more, ask a dentist about taking care of your root canal.