What to do in the 2 weeks before the root canal?
September 22, 2009 9:10 PM Subscribe
Big throbbing hole in my tooth. Two weeks until the root canal. No instructions on what to do in the meantime.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I flossed out a very large filling the other week. I went to my local clinic on an emergency basis when I started feeling pain, and they said I'd have to schedule a root canal elsewhere. I've got an appointment...and it's in two weeks.
The initial consultation was done at a overburdened clinic for people on state medical/dental benefits, so no followup care/info is available there (I didn't even have anyone to explain to me what needed to happen next, beyond getting the actual referral--total time with dentist was 2 minutes, and I was lucky to get that....non-emergency appointments have a 6 month waiting list at this point).
I don't know what I should/shouldn't be eating, drinking, or doing to minimize the chances that the tooth will crack open, the decay will worsen, the pain will go from nagging to unbearable before the appt, etc. I don't even know if 2 weeks is a normal wait time for a root canal (not that I can afford to go anywhere else--the specialist I'll be seeing is one of the only ones in the state who accepts Medicaid).
I have the temporary filling cement you can buy at the drug store, but I don't even think that's a good idea.