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Recovering from a root canal is much like recovering from any other dental procedure: it requires time and excellent care. To ensure your recovery is quick and comfortable, we offer the following suggestions:

– Don’t eat until the numbness wears off: Chewing with a numb mouth increases your chances of biting your cheek or tongue, resulting in further discomfort.

– Treat your temporary filler with care: Fully restoring a tooth after a root canal may take more than one visit to the dentist. If this is the case, and you leave your first appointment with a temporary filler, take extra precautions because temporary fillers can be dislodged. Don’t bite down on the tooth or brush it vigorously until it has received a permanent filler.

– Keep your mouth clean: Your tooth will heal much faster if it doesn’t have to battle food particles or plaque. Good oral hygiene will also reduce your risk of needing more root canals in the future.

– Tell your dentist if your tooth has a problem: If you experience severe pain or pressure for more than a few days, contact your dentist. Other issues may be an uneven bite, visible swelling inside or outside the mouth, or an allergic reaction.

Our dentist, Our dentists, Dr. Madrigal and Dr. Nguyen, are proud to offer root canal treatment in Chicago, Illinois. If you had a previous root canal that requires retreatment, our dentists are happy to provide the care your tooth needs to be fully healthy. For more information, we invite you to contact DM Family Dentistry at 773.252.5757.