A patient lying down prepared for her root canal from a Calgary dentist

How to Prepare for a Root Canal

When you hear that something was “about as much fun as a root canal,” you can assume that what’s being talked about is something that was far from pleasant. However, the saying is a bit out of date. Root canals used to be uncomfortable for patients, but today advancements in techniques and equipment have made the procedure nearly painless when done correctly. 


To ensure that your root canal is as comfortable as can be, here are a few you things you can do to prepare for it.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol or Smoking for 24 Hours

Drinking and smoking can slow your healing time and also cause potential complications, so avoid these products in the 24 hours leading up to your appointment. And it’s recommended that you don’t smoke for at least 72 hours following the procedure.

Eat a Full Meal
It’s important that you have a full meal before going in for your root canal. A local anesthetic will be used to numb your mouth for the procedure, so you won’t be able to eat for several hours afterwards. Think about being not only well-nourished for the procedure but also kind to your stomach, which might otherwise be growling at you for a while after the treatment has finished.

Prepare What You’ll Eat Afterwards
You’ll probably want to relax in the hours following your procedure and not have to go to the trouble of shopping for or preparing a meal. So it’s a good idea to do all this in advance. Know that you’re going to need to eat soft foods and soups for the first few days following the procedure.

Get the Right Toothbrush
If you don’t already have one, purchase a toothbrush with soft bristles. The tooth that was operated on is going to be quite sensitive for a few days.

Consider Taking Ibuprofen
There’s no reason to take painkillers for your root canal. However, if you want to reduce any discomfort you might have following the procedure, taking over-the-counter ibuprofen beforehand will help by easing swelling.

Dress Appropriately
The root canal procedure can be lengthy so you’re going to want to wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes. Also, you’ll want to avoid wearing any heavy makeup on your face.

Consult with Your Dentist
For more complete advice on how to prepare for the treatment and manage the recovery, talk with your dentist. The welcoming and attentive staff at Skyview Ranch Dental Clinic in Calgary have the expertise to answer all your questions about root canals or endodontics. If you require a root canal treatment, our dentists in Calgary NE will make this procedure comfortable and painless for you, using the most up-to-date equipment and materials. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!

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