Root Canal Post-op Instructions

We used a local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the area being treated. This numbness in your lips, teeth, and tongue may last for a few hours after the procedure. You should avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

Caring for your temporary filling:

The temporary filling is placed to protect your teeth while you’re in between dental visits. It’s common for a small portion of the temporary filling to wear away. This usually is not a problem. However, you should take these precautions to ensure that your temporary filling stays securely in place:

  • Avoid chewing anything sticky, chewy, or hard.
  • If possible, chew on the opposite of your mouth.
  • Continue to brush normally.
  • Floss carefully each day, pulling the floss out from the side as you floss next to the temporary. Lifting the floss from the top CAN cause the filling to come out.

What if my tooth hurts?

For the first few days after your root canal therapy, you may have some discomfort or sensitivity in the tooth that was treated, particularly if there was pain and infection prior to the treatment. If antibiotics have been prescribed for the infection, it’s important that you take them for the full length of time indicated on the prescription, even if all signs of infection are gone.

To control discomfort, we recommend that you take an over the counter pain reliever, following the labels instructions. To further reduce pain and swelling, you can rinse three times a day with warm salt water. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, and then gently swish the water around the tooth and spit.


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