It’s never great news to learn from the dentist that you must get a root canal. This procedure can be the difference between saving your tooth and keeping it. However, you can help make the process go a lot smoother by taking some steps. Here are some tips to prepare for a root canal.
Even if you have had a root canal before, it’s great to be prepared. Ask your dentist what you can expect and any strategies for reducing anxiety.
Get a Good Night’s Rest
If you are well-rested, you’ll have a better mental state for your root canal. Make sure not to eat a heavy meal, put on some relaxing music, and ensure your room is set to a comfortable temperature.
Take a Pain Reliever Before the Root Canal
Modern technology has made roots canal much less painful, but you should still expect to be sore. Pain relievers can help manage pain during and immediately after the procedure. Always consult a dentist to determine which pain relievers are best for you.
Eat Before the Procedure
A dentist needs to use anesthesia to perform a root canal. It takes a long time for it to wear off, and you’ll have a lot of difficulty eating. Eating before the procedure can help you stay full until you are comfortable eating again.
Arrange for a Ride Home
Depending on your pain tolerance or reaction to anesthesia, you might be unable to drive home. It’s always wise to have a ride home if you cannot drive yourself.
Stock up on Soft Foods
After a root canal, it will take some time before you can resume your regular diet. Some foods you can stockpile include yogurt, soup, soft cereal, milkshakes, pudding, and yogurt. These will feel soothing on your operated tooth. Once the inflammation subsides, you can continue with other foods like pancakes, eggs, and oatmeal. You should be back to normal in about seven to 10 days.
Be Prepared for Your Next Root Canal
Root canals are common, and you can rest assured you your dentist has lots of experience handling them. According to the National Association of Dental Plans, nearly 80% of all Americans have at least one cavity by age 17, so you’re in good company. If you suspect you may have a cavity, contact Breakwater Dental today. Whether you need a root canal or any other type of dental care, we’ll be happy to assist you.