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  1. Arti says:

    Following a root canal, the aftercare protocol is also similar to that of a filling. Opt for soft foods and avoid anything hot that could irritate the tooth. Temporary fillings can break when put under too much pressure from chewing, potentially allowing for reinfection. Generally, though, providers recommend waiting to eat until the anesthetic wears off to avoid accidentally biting or burning your lips, tongue, or cheeks. Do not chew with the affected tooth until your dentist places the permanent crown or filling. Continue brushing and flossing as normal to keep your teeth healthy and help prevent future tooth decay5. Your dentist or endodontist will give specific instructions to follow. Once the anesthetic kicks in, they’ll drill an opening in the top of the tooth to access the infected pulp or root. Finally, they’ll insert a temporary filling until a permanent restoration, which include an amalgam or composite filling or crown, can be installed. They’ll then place a rubber dam around it to protect it from saliva and bacteria that can re-contaminate the tooth2. To seal the root canal, the provider will use a rubbery material called gutta-percha. For a serious infection, the dentist or endodontist may wait for a week to seal the opening to give it time to heal. The dentist or endodontist will start by administering local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. After removing the pulp, decayed or dead nerve, and other debris, they’ll sanitize the tooth to ensure no bacteria remain when the tooth is sealed. The permanent filling or crown placement will require a follow-up appointment with your dentist3.

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