best ways to care for a tooth after a root canal

Best Ways to Care For a Tooth After a Root Canal

A root canal is a dental procedure aimed at saving a weakened or damaged tooth. A dentist will numb, clean out and seal the affected tooth in order to avoid further issues.

Key takeaways:

  • In the days after a root canal, it is best to stick to softer foods and avoid chewing on the affected side of the mouth.
  • Brush teeth gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and floss to prevent any infection in the tooth.
  • Talk to your dentist if you suffer from any increasing pain, swelling or bleeding after 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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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.