Getting Ready for a Root Canal
If you know you need a root canal, you may be searching for what you need to know about getting ready for a root canal. You might be wondering if there are special directions that you should be aware of or things you should specially plan. Our WNY orthodontists let you know what you are wondering before heading in for the root canal.
Getting Ready for a Root Canal | Will I Need a Ride for After?
Having a root canal is no different than having a filling or having your teeth cleaned if they happen to get you numb. When you leave here, you can drive yourself and go right back to work or go about all your normal daily activities.
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Getting Ready for a Root Canal | What to Eat Before
We recommend that you take your usual medications and eat breakfast or lunch – or whatever meal would be eaten at that time of day – prior to having a root canal. After the procedure, you will be just as numb as if you had a filling done, so you won’t really want to eat for a few hours. Ideally, you should wait until the numbness goes away before eating to avoid accidentally biting your tongue or anything else you’re not supposed to.
Getting Ready for a Root Canal | Rescheduling if You’re Sick
Going to the dentist while you’re congested or if you have a sinus infection should be fine. Most of the time, we can work through that. If you feel that you’re really having a difficult time and are concerned about lying back for an hour while we’re working on you, we might consider rescheduling your appointment. I would recommend talking to your dentist or endodontist if you have any type of dental pain or other issue. Don’t postpone it because of being congested.
Getting Ready for a Root Canal | Taking Medication Before the Treatment
Prior to seeing us for the first time, you shouldn’t take any medications other than those normal daily medications prescribed by your primary care physician. Taking pain management medications prior to coming in could actually cause the discomfort we’re trying to alleviate or diagnose to be absent, and that can make the diagnosis process more difficult. We would advise you not to take any medications prior to seeing us so we can diagnose your problem correctly and treat it efficiently.
If you want to give us a call to discuss getting a root canal, please don’t hesitate to do so. We are happy to answer any of your questions at either of our locations.