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Root Canals Post Op Instructions

If you’ve just had a root canal with us, we’re sure you were pleasantly surprised by how painless it was! Below, you’ll find a few tips and instructions on what to do after you get home from the office. After reading everything, if you still have any questions, be sure to contact us today.

Discomfort

It is normal to experience some discomfort following a root canal procedure. Expect your tooth to be sensitive to chewing and biting pressure for 7-10 days.  Take any pain medication prescribed by your dentist as recommended to control discomfort. Taking ibuprofen before the numbness wears off can also reduce post op pain.

Antibiotic

Be sure to take any antibiotics prescribed as directed even if all signs and symptoms of the infection are gone.

Eating

You will be numb for several hours following your procedure.  Avoid chewing or drinking hot beverages until the numbness wears off.

Temporary Filling

If your root canal procedure is being completed over the course of two appointments and a temporary filling was placed, avoid eating any hard or sticky foods and try to chew on the other side of your mouth until permanent filling is placed.  It is common for a small part of the temporary filling to wear away or break off.  If the entire filling falls out, please call our office to set up a time to replace it.

Final Restoration

A final filling will be placed at your final root canal appointment.  Afterward, you will also get a crown to complete the process and fully restore your tooth.