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Root Canal: Post-Operative Instructions

Post Operative Instructions For Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy may take two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown has been put in place to protect your tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

Between appointments it is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call the office so it can be replaced.

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit.

To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place:

  • Avoid chewing sticky foods (especially gum).
  • Avoid hard foods and hard substances, such as ice, fingernails and pencils.
  • If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

Occasionally an infection can develop 48 to72 hours after a root canal procedure. If you experience swelling or pain or there are complications with your medicines, please call the office 617.566.5445.

It is important to continue to practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing and regular checkups and cleanings.

The last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. This restoration should be scheduled as soon as possible.

If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or you have any questions or concerns, please call the office.

Dr. Zachary Kano, Longwood Dental Group

For questions and concerns, please call the office at 617-566-5445.