Caring for a Tooth Following a Root Canal

A root canal removes damaged or infected nerve tissue from within a tooth. The treatment is used by a dentist to save damaged teeth and avoid extraction. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Stick to soft foods and try to chew on the side opposite to where the root canal was performed.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your teeth and floss as normal to prevent infection.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication can be used by most for the immediate discomfort and soreness following a root canal.

“Eating soft foods and keeping your mouth clean can also help to manage your pain or soreness, but always follow up with your dentist if you’re concerned about your level of pain.” 

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