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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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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