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My teeth were starting to deteriorate, and I was running out of options to repair them. The dentist gave me a choice. I could wait until the bone loss was so bad that I would have to have my teeth removed and get dentures, or I could have them removed now and get dental implants. I opted for the implants. If you’re thinking of getting dental implants, you probably have a lot of questions. I love mine, but they took some getting used to. In this blog, I’m sharing my experience and all the information that I picked up throughout my implant experience. You can find out what the procedure entails, how to prepare for your implants, and how to care for them once they’re in.


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Four Things To Do Before Your Root Canal

by Alfredo Moore

A root canal isn't necessarily a pleasant endeavor, but in the end it will relieve a lot of pain and prevent future infections. The following tips can help you prepare for your root canal appointment so that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible. This will also help ensure that your aftercare and healing gets off on the right foot.

Tip #1: Take Your Medicine

Chances are your dentist will prescribe an antibiotic before the scheduled procedure. This is to help get rid of any current infection in your mouth and to begin the process of preventing an infection from occurring after the root canal. Take the antibiotics as directed and do not skip any dosages. It's also important that you take the full course of antibiotics, otherwise you could end up with a worse infection.

Tip #2: Get Your Rest

A full night's sleep before your root canal is important. Being well rested helps alleviate anxiety and will make it easier for you to relax during the procedure. If you are feeling pain, ask your dentist what pain relievers they recommend. You can take these as directed leading up to the procedure to help you rest. Generally, over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories are okay, but your dentist may have specific recommendations or they may prefer a prescription pain reliever.

Tip #3: Don't Go In Hungry

Have a filling meal before the root canal, since the procedure may take some time. Plus, you may not be able to eat for awhile afterwards because it may be necessary to wait for numbing agents to wear off. Trying to eat while your mouth is numb can result in accidental bite damage to your inner cheeks and tongue. Since most root canals are performed with local anesthetic instead of full anesthesia, there aren't typically any food or drink restrictions.

Tip #4: Get Ready At Home

Although there are rarely complications from a root canal, you still want to make sure you are able to relax and heal afterward. Clear your schedule for the rest of the day, since you may not feel up to working or running errands afterward. You may also want to have some easy to prepare soft foods available for later, since your mouth may be slightly tender at first. If possible, ask your doctor for any prescriptions, such as for pain killers or further antibiotics, in advance of the appointment so you can pick them up and have them on hand as soon as you get home. Go to website for more information on root canals.