If your teeth are decaying or damaged, a root canal is a safe and effective way of preserving your smile. The quick treatment involves eliminating the infected pulp from your tooth or root canal. It limits the infection from spreading to other parts saving your tooth from extraction. The San Ramon Root Canals specialists can evaluate your oral health needs to determine if you can gain from the treatment. But many people fear seeking treatment since they have heard that the procedure is excruciating. Although it is natural to experience painful root canal symptoms, you can do the following to improve your symptoms.
During your initial root canal consultation appointment, ensure you discuss with your doctor if you need painkillers after your treatment. In most cases, your doctor can prescribe some strong painkillers to use at home as you recover from your treatment. But they can also recommend some over-the-counter medications for mild episodes of pain. It is essential to take over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen as instructed to avoid side effects. Also, you can take the pain relievers an hour after your root canal before the anesthesia wears off.
Get Some Ice
You can also relieve root canal pain at home using ice. Applying the ice on your treated tooth can provide temporal pain relief. But do not use the ice directly on the tooth or your skin. Use a towel or a cloth to wrap the ice and place it on the side of the treated tooth for about ten minutes. It will also minimize any present swelling. You can also crush the ice and put it in a balloon or on the finger of a non-latex glove and compress it on your tooth.
Make a Saltwater Solution
You can also relieve a toothache at home by dissolving salt in warm water. Put about ½ teaspoon of sea salt in about 118 ml warm water and thoroughly mix. Put the solution in your mouth and on the treated side and hold for about 30 minutes to one hour. Spit the saltwater and repeat the process two or three times before rinsing the mouth with warm water. Repeat the procedure up to four times but avoid swallowing the water. You can also make a vinegar solution by mixing about ¼ of warm water with cider vinegar and do the same with salt water.
Bite a Vegetable or a Fruit
Some fruits and vegetables can help you manage root canal pain at home. Generally, chill a slice of cucumber, fresh ginger, or raw potato and place it on your treated painful tooth. You can freeze some fruits like apple, banana, mango, pineapple, and guava and place the slices on your teeth. Sometimes cutting garlic or onion and placing it directly on your teeth can help. Also, ice cream can help reduce your pain, especially when experiencing pulsating pain.
Use Heat Therapy
Some people have found relief by using a heating pad, especially a day after treatment. You can soak a small cloth soaked in water over your tooth and leave it until the warmth is exhausted. Repeat this about four times a day for adequate pain relief.
If a root canal is what you need to save your teeth, do not hesitate to contact the San Ramon Dental Excellence specialists for help. Do not worry about the pain after the treatment, your provider will guide you on ways you can find relief.