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Caring for Your Tooth after a Root Canal

November 10, 2019
Posted By: Lee J. Martin, DMD, LLC Staff
Root Canals | Lee Martin DMD

Now that you’ve had root canal treatment on your tooth, the next step is usually getting a dental crown. 

After a tooth receives root canal therapy, the remaining tooth structure becomes weaker as a result of your dentist removing pulp and other supporting materials from the foundation. Your new tooth crown will help protect your tooth and keep it healthy so you can continue to eat and speak normally. 

Go Easy on Your Mouth

If this was your first root canal or your first dental crown, you should understand how to care for the area properly. It’s normal for your mouth to feel tender and sore for a few days after your root canal treatment. Since your tooth will be sensitive, it’s usually best to stick to liquids or soft foods for the first 24 to 48 hours after you leave our Garden City dentist. Once you are pain-free and the area is no longer tender, you are free to resume your standard diet. 

Avoid Damaging Foods

To take care of your tooth and your new dental crown, however, it’s best to never bite directly down onto your tooth crown if you can avoid it. You can eat and drink normally, but we recommend not relying primarily on your new artificial tooth crown to break down foods like steak, jawbreakers or other hard candies, corn on the cob, crunchy vegetables, chewy loaves of bread, or ice. 

The dental crown covering your root canal tooth is very durable, but because it's made up of ceramic, porcelain, or other artificial materials, it is still prone to breaking or cracking. Avoid chewing on hard, sticky, and overly crunchy foods with your tooth crown, and use the other side of your mouth to eat whenever possible.  

Schedule a Follow-Up Dental Appointment

Do you have other questions about root canals in Garden City, GA? Dr. Martin would be happy to speak with you! Please call us Monday through Friday at (912) 966-2102 to schedule a dental appointment.  

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