You’ve just completed a root canal – a mandatory step in saving your tooth after your tooth has been cracked, has had repeated dental work or has experienced deep decay or trauma. A few easy steps can help you to take special care of this tooth following your root canal therapy.
After having root canal treatment, you will have to get your tooth restored by a dentist. This may include having a porcelain (tooth-colored) crown placed over the tooth, for example. If you have not yet had the tooth restored, you should avoid biting on the tooth because it is vulnerable to fracture. Getting your tooth restored as soon as possible will help to protect it.
Once the tooth that has been treated with a root canal is restored, you can brush and floss normally. You also should visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.
A tooth that has been treated with root canal therapy offers many benefits:
- It allows you to chew food normally.
- Because it is covered by a tooth-colored crown or other dental restoration, the treated tooth will look natural in the mouth.
- The tooth prevents other teeth in the mouth from receiving excessive wear.
- Most teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy last as long as your other teeth – potentially your entire lifetime.
Nothing is better than your real tooth when you are chewing food or are trying to maintain a natural smile; this is why saving a damaged tooth through root canal therapy is so advantageous. Caring for a tooth that has been treated with a root canal is relatively simple, and practicing proper oral hygiene will keep your teeth healthy for years to come. Call our experienced dental team at 718-389-1120 today to find out if you are a candidate for root canal therapy and to learn how we can make your experience a positive one.