You have just had a root canal, here are a few things you should know:

Care to Ensure Success

You have had a root canal to remove diseased tissue from the inside of your tooth and seal the root end.

Your Root Canal Therapy will maintain your tooth and relieve the pain you may have been experiencing.  Please avoid biting on the tooth for the next few days. It is not unusual for the tooth to be tender after a root canal, and healing occurs more quickly if you do not chew on it immediately.

If your tooth was in pain prior to the treatment it will take up to a week or more to get back to normal.

If your tooth was not in pain prior to the treatment (likely because the tooth was abscessed or had a big cavity that has not begun to hurt yet) your tooth may be quite sore for a few days after the appointment. This discomfort will be alleviated with time; it may take a week or more.

Should you have pain that you cannot tolerate or abnormal swelling, please call our office.

Over the counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol products usually alleviate the discomfort. Take pain killers before the freezing wears off and continue to take it for two to three days as directed. Following this recommendation may substantially reduce your post-operative discomfort.

If you had swelling when you came in for your appointment, the area will continue to be tender for several days after while it heals.  If the swelling does not reduce after several days or increases, please call our office.

You may continue regular dental hygiene regimen.

It is possible after your root canal that we would have placed a temporary filling for you. If that is the case we will notify you at your appointment and if so, it is very important that you come back to get your permanent filling placed.

Once your tooth has had a root canal, we may have recommended a “cap” or “crown” for your tooth.  Your tooth will likely have a very large filling in it and it is no longer a vital tooth once it has had a root canal. So therefore your tooth may become brittle and will not be as strong as a healthy, vital tooth. We recommend a crown to maintain the structure of your tooth.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to call our office (780) 849-2234.