Recovering After Root Canal Therapy

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Root canal therapy is a much-needed treatment when your tooth’s pulp and nerve are infected. After your dentist, Dr. Dexter Inniss, removes the infected parts of the tooth and fills the tooth with a special material, he will seal the tooth with a dental filling or dental crown. This is a more invasive dental treatment that requires the proper recovery. To assist your healing a root canal, our Gentle Touch Dental dental team encourages you to do the following:

Take prescribed medications

Your dentist should prescribe some anti-inflammatory or anti-pain medications to you after your surgery. These medications will help with the pain and discomfort. If you do not have prescribed medications, you can use over-the-counter pain medications, like Advil or Motrin.

Avoid using that tooth

If your doctor has yet to restore your tooth by placing a dental crown over it, please do not chew with that tooth until he does. This will help you avoid recontamination and infection.

Brush and floss

Remember to brush and floss just like you normally would. Brushing and flossing will help you keep your mouth and the surgical area clean and healthy.


Resting is vital if you want a full recovery. Generally, patients are able to return to normal activities the next day, but until then, take it easy.

If you take proper care to heal after a root canal in Conyers, Georgia, you will be pleased with the end result and your restored smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call Gentle Touch Dental at 770-760-7566 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Dexter Inniss. We are happy to help you in any way we can!