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Even the idea of a root canal treatment can be frightening, especially when you don’t know how you will feel and cope after the procedure. You may be able to ask questions like, “will it hurt?” or “what should I do to alleviate discomfort?”

Here at our dental practice in Houston, we provide patients with the information they need about such a very important dental procedure. Here are some of the things you can expect:

Pain and Other Symptoms

  • The gums surrounding your treated tooth may become tender. Your dentist may isolate the treated tooth using a rubber dam. A metal clamp will be used to hold this rubber sheet in position and its prongs can pinch, bruise, or cut the surrounding gums.
  • The tooth can be tender as well. After a root canal appointment, the treated tooth will usually be a little sensitive, but the discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics.

Aftercare Instructions

It is best to exercise as much caution as possible to the tooth that has been under endodontic therapy. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It is possible for the filling to break. When the filling indeed breaks, your saliva (which contains bacteria and other food debris) could re-contaminate the inside of your tooth. You don’t want to get another root canal treatment.
  • The tooth could break even when the dentist has not completed rebuilding your tooth yet.
  • Avoid crunchy, hard or tough foods on a recently treated root canal tooth for several days afterward.

Root Canal in Houston

If you are interested in getting a root canal treatment, call us today at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation with our dental experts. We would love to hear from you!

 

Detect Oral Cancer at an Early Stage

Among the types of cancers, oral cancer is one of the easiest to treat when diagnosed in its early stages. Here at Royal Dental USA, we use ViziLite Plus to effectively detect oral cancers. During its early stage, oral cancer is oftentimes asymptomatic, which means it does not show any signs or symptoms. However, it is still advisable to watch out for the following:

  • Persistent mouth sore
  • Having trouble swallowing
  • Changes in the appearance or feel of the oral tissue (appearance of red or white patches or changes in texture)
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Pain or discomfort in the mouth or ear
  • Lump in the neck (even if it does not bother you)

Doing a self-exam of the mouth

As much as we are advised to do breast self-examinations, it is also important to check how your mouth is doing. During an intra-oral self-examination, or checking the inside of the mouth, you have to examine in the mirror the floor, tongue, roof, cheeks, back of the throat, and lips of your mouth by illuminating it with a flashlight. Look for any changes in color or texture as well as for lumps or any lesions.

When doing an extra-oral examination, feel your jaws as you open and close your mouth, then start moving from behind the ears down to your neck. Also, feel your side neck muscles. Do a grab and swallow of your throat. While doing these, feel for any lumps using firm pressure.

If you notice any unusual changes, consult our qualified dentists at Royal Dental USA right away. Call us at (713) 330-7700 to book an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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