Practicing Self-Care After a Root Canal Surgery

November 4, 2022

At James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA. Endodontics in Little Rock we receive a wide variety of patients. It’s important to us that we make each of them feel comfortable. Our goal is to provide each patient with the highest quality of technical care and to treat each of our patients with respect, courtesy, and compassion.

When you leave our office after your root canal surgery, you’ll have everything you need for a healthy recovery.

After Your Root Canal Surgery.

When you leave our office, you’ll have everything you need for your recovery. We’ll give you instructions to manage any pain. Depending on your situation, Dr. Penney will let you know of any issues to watch out for.

Advanced endodontics has made root canal surgery non-invasive and virtually painless. Many of our patients return to work the same day as they receive treatment.

Some of our patients have more concerns. Every treatment is different and we want to do everything we can to make sure your tooth is able to return to health and any pain is eliminated.

Practicing Self-Care After a Root Canal Surgery.

Did you know that stress and worry can take a physical toll on your health? It’s important to listen to what your body is telling you to do to recover. Root canal surgery might be minor surgery, but it is still surgery.


If you find yourself stressing over your recovery, here are a few things you can do to practice self-care:

  • Schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist. This isn’t the first thing that would fall on a typical list of self-care tips. With your restorative dentist appointment scheduled, you will have less to worry about. You need to have the tooth that received root canal surgery restored within one month.
  • Eat a healthy meal. Eating a well-balanced diet will give your body the nutrients it needs for a speedy recovery. Remember to chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth, where no surgery was performed. It’s a great idea to create a healthy meal plan and have all your groceries together before you go in for a root canal surgery. When you return home, healthy meals will be easy to make.
  • Go for a walk. Exercise and fresh air are always good to include when you are practicing self-care.
  • Re-read your favorite book, do a coloring book, or pick up a craft you enjoy doing. Sometimes the best way to get our minds off something that is stressful is to give it something else to think about. Find your favorite book and read it again for fun. If you’ve been looking for an excuse, now is a great time. Anything relaxing and enjoyable will help.