After your endodontic treatment

It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy, and caution should be exercised in operating dangerous machinery or driving a car after taking them.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact our office.

Guidelines for post-treatment care:

  • While you are anesthetized or “frozen” please avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you might burn yourself or bite your lip or cheek.
  • It is very common to feel some discomfort after treatment. This discomfort occurs mostly when biting and might last anywhere from 2 to 7 days. It is always recommended to take an analgesic the first 48 hours after treatment.
  • Once the root canal has been completed, you must return to your regular dentist to have the temporary filling replaced or permanent crown fabricated. It is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact our office.
  • Please continue with any medications prescribed, unless instructed otherwise by the doctor. Notify the office of any problems that may arise from medications being taken.
  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:
    • a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
    • an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
    • a return of original symptoms; or
    • your bite feels uneven.