Dental Tips |4 min read

Root Canal Aftercare

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Undergoing a root canal procedure can relieve dental pain and save a severely decayed or infected tooth.

Once you have the treatment, though, you should prioritize proper aftercare to ensure a smooth recovery and prevent complications.

At Love Your Smile, serving Seattle, we want to take a few moments to walk you through essential steps and tips for root canal aftercare, helping you receive optimal results.

Follow our dentist’s instructions

Our dentist will provide personalized instructions based on your specific situation. Adhere to them diligently to promote healing and prevent complications. These instructions may include:


Take prescribed antibiotics or painkillers as directed by our dentist to manage discomfort and prevent infection.


Allow yourself ample time to rest and recover after the procedure. Avoid strenuous activities that could disrupt the healing process.


Your treated tooth will be sensitive for a few days following the treatment. So, stick to a soft food diet immediately after the procedure. Opt for nutritious options like mashed potatoes, soup, cooked vegetables, yogurt, and smoothies.

Additionally, avoid chewing on the treated tooth until you receive further instructions from Dr. Azary, Dr. Lee, or Dr. Raval.

Manage discomfort

Some discomfort is normal after a root canal procedure. To alleviate any pain or sensitivity, consider these tips:

Use over-the-counter pain relievers

Non-prescription painkillers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help manage mild discomfort. However, always consult our dentist before taking any medication.

Apply a cold compress

If you notice swelling or experience discomfort, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek near the treated area. This can help reduce swelling and numb the area, providing relief.

Avoid tobacco and alcohol

Avoid alcohol and tobacco as you heal to optimize your recovery.

Alcohol is known to suppress the immune system, making it harder for the body to fight off infections and impeding the healing of your gum tissue. It can also cause dehydration, which can have a detrimental effect on the overall healing process.

On the other hand, tobacco use, including smoking and chewing tobacco, is notorious for its negative impact on oral health. The chemicals in tobacco can constrict blood vessels, reduce oxygen flow, and impede the delivery of essential nutrients to the healing area.

This can lead to delayed healing, increased risk of infection, and potential complications.

Monitor your symptoms

While some discomfort is normal, be aware of any unusual or worsening symptoms. Contact our dentist if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe pain that persists or worsens after a few days
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Swelling or inflammation that doesn’t subside.
  • Allergic reactions to prescribed medication.

Attend follow-up appointments

Regular check-ups with your dentist are crucial for monitoring your progress. Follow-up appointments allow our dentist to evaluate the success of the root canal and ensure proper healing.

We strongly urge you not to skip these appointments, even if you feel better.

Adopt healthy habits

To maintain long-term oral health and prevent future dental issues, consider adhering to the following habits:

Brush and floss regularly

Make oral hygiene a priority by brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily. These practices help keep your mouth clean and free from bacteria.

Eat a balanced diet

Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and dairy products for optimal oral health. In addition, limit your intake of highly acidic or sugary foods or beverages.

Regular dental visits

Schedule routine dental check-ups every six months to prevent any dental problems and catch them early if they arise.

Root canal aftercare assures a smooth recovery and long-lasting oral health. By following our dentist’s instructions, managing discomfort, attending follow-up appointments, adopting healthy habits, etc., you can maximize the benefits of your root canal procedure and reduce your likelihood of complications and problems in the future.

Remember, if you have any concerns or questions during your recovery, you can always reach out to Love Your Smile for professional guidance.

And if you think you may need a root canal, schedule an appointment today.

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