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Root canal therapy is generally needed when the nerve or pulp of your tooth is infected or decayed. During the treatment, your dentist or endodontist will remove the pulp or nerve and will clean the tooth and will seal it. This is a very beneficial treatment that eliminates your pain and improves your oral health. As you recover, please do the following things:

Take prescribed medications
Your dentist or endodontist will give you prescribed medications to help you with the pain and discomfort. So, take those as recommended. If your doctor does not give you any prescribed medication, you can dull the pain with over-the-counter medication, like Advil or Motrin.

Avoid using that tooth
We strongly recommend chewing on the opposite side of your mouth if your doctor hasn’t restored your tooth with a dental crown or filling. If you avoid using that tooth, you will prevent recontamination and infection.

Brush and floss
Make sure you brush and floss like normal so you can keep your smile healthy and clean. For specific instructions on brushing and flossing, please talk to your dentist or endodontist.

Watch out for problems
For the best recovery possible, keep an eye out for swelling in the mouth, an allergic reaction to the medication, the return of your original symptoms, or an uneven bite. If you notice any of these things, call your doctor as soon as possible.

Patients generally only need one day for recovery and then they can return to their normal activities. So, make sure you rest for 24 hours or for however long your doctor suggests.

If you do these five things, you will be on the right track toward a strong and healthy smile. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call South Jackson Family Dental today at 601-922-0056 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. Dr. Roxanne Lawrence and our staff want you to have the best experience possible, so we are here to help you in any way we can!