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How to Care For Your Child After They Get a Root Canal

Root Canals Follow these helpful hints for taking care of your little one after root canal therapy.

Your child has been extremely brave and just successfully got through their root canal treatment. Now what? You want to do whatever possible to reduce discomfort and make them feel comfortable and happy, but it can be hard to know what to do. This is where your Roanoke pediatric dentist Dr. Richard Smith comes in. Here are some tips for how to treat your child after their root canal therapy.

How to Handle Possible Post-Root Canal Symptoms

Just as there is with any procedure or treatment, there is also a recovery period after a root canal. Fortunately, since a root canal is no more invasive or complicated than getting a tooth filled, your child’s recovery process will be fast. However, if any issues arise, here’s what to do:


Your child may experience some soreness or discomfort after their endodontic procedure. Luckily, the majority of children who undergo a root canal can also find relief from their symptoms by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever designed specifically for children. Be sure to use the medication exactly as directed, and if you have any questions about which medications are best for your child, don’t hesitate to ask your Roanoke, VA pediatric dentist.

Signs of Infection

If your child is experiencing severe swelling or pain, has developed a pus-filled pocket in their gums or has a fever, these are all signs of a possible infection. The only way to properly treat a dental infection is to see your Roanoke children’s dentist at Hunting Hills Family Dentistry immediately.

Oral Care Post-Root Canal

Since this procedure doesn’t require stitches or incisions, you won’t have to worry too much about taking care while brushing and flossing. Your little one can continue to brush and floss the tooth as normal. Practicing good oral hygiene is vitally important, and your child should keep up with brushing twice a day and flossing daily to maintain a healthier smile after their root canal.

If you have any questions about your child’s recovery after their root canal treatment, then it’s time to call your Roanoke dentist at Hunting Hills Family Dentistry. We are here for both you and your child!

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