What do I need to do after root canal treatment?

Here are some basic instructions to follow after receiving your root canal treatment:

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth has worn off. This way, you won’t have to worry about accidentally biting your cheek or tongue!
  • Don’t chew or bite, especially hard food, 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
  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, 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 your dentist. If you can’t see us right away, use temporary dental filling material sold at pharmacies to seal the tooth in the interim.

Contact your dentist right away if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • 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 severe pain
  • Your bite feels extremely uneven or uncomfortable

Dos & dont’s following root canal therapy:

Here are things to do following your root canal treatment

  • We recommend that you take an analgesic medication for pain-relief within an hour of leaving our office. This allows the medication to kick in before the anesthesia subsides. Generally, a single dose is required. However, some people may require pain relieving medication over the next several days.
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 400-800mg every 6 hours (not to exceed 3200mg/day) is recommend for patients able to take, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, or aspirin.If you can’t take ibuprofen, non-steroidal medications, or aspirin, then take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 500mg every 6 hours (not to exceed 4000mg/day). It’s not recommend to take alcohol while taking acetaminophen.
  • You may be prescribed a prescription strength pain reliever and/ or antibiotics. Be sure to take these medicine as prescribed.
  • Minimize chewing on the treated tooth until your root canal therapy is complete. In the meantime, your dentist will place a protective restoration on your tooth to avoid damage to the tooth.

Am I done after finishing my root canal?

Getting a root canal treatment is only the first step in returning your tooth to full function. Your tooth will require a proper final restoration, typically a crown, to ensure long-term success. We recommend that you have your tooth restored within 2 to 4 weeks following completion of root canal therapy. If you wait longer, there is the possibility that your tooth fractures and you lose your tooth despite having completed the root canal therapy!