After you have had a root canal done on one of your teeth, you probably want to do whatever you can to ensure that tooth's continued health. There are a few things of which you should be aware if you are concerned about the long-term durability of a tooth that has had a root canal done on it.
Avoid Extremely Hard FoodsWhen we perform a root canal, we drill through the hard outer portion of the tooth into the soft inner tissue. After removing all of the material that has been damaged (or has decayed), we may pack the tooth with a medicated material before sealing up the hole that we drilled. When we seal up the hole we use a dental composite material that is designed to mimic the appearance and function of your natural tooth material.
However, keep in mind that the tooth may be more susceptible to damage in the future. To this end, it is probably a good idea to avoid extremely hard foods. What's more, you should definitely avoid doing things such as chewing on the ice. By refraining from putting too much pressure on the tooth, you take a step towards avoiding a future issue.
Consider Getting a CrownAnother thing you may want to think about is having a crown installed over the tooth. A crown is like a "cap" that goes over the top of the tooth. It is created out of an extremely durable dental composite.
Depending on the material that we use to create the crown, it may closely resemble your natural tooth-meaning that most of the time it will not be evident that you have a crown.
Having a root canal done is always a big investment. You want to do whatever you can to protect your investment. Following these tips will help you do that.
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