Patient Instructions: After a Root Canal

It is possible your root canal treatment can take several appointments, depending on your particular condition. During that time, between appointments, the following symptoms may exist:
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
  • Sensitivity to pressure
  • You may have some swelling
Some tenderness is normal after each appointment. It is advisable to begin taking either an over-the-counter pain medicine (Advil or Motrin 200 mg. or Tylenol), or your prescribed pain medicine. These medications are more effective when taken prior to the office anesthesia wearing off. Antibiotics: if you have been prescribed an antibiotic, take as directed. Finish all the pills regardless of how good you feel. Swelling:
  • If swelling or pain is still present after 2 days, or if the swelling is increasing, contact our office, (208) 522-1164.
  • If you experience pain when you bite, your bite might be a little different due to inflammation around the tooth. Call our office immediately and describe your condition.
Eating and drinking: a temporary has been placed in the tooth. This temporary restoration is not very durable could possibly break or become dislodged if not treated carefully.
  • Avoid sticky and hard foods.
  • Floss your temporary restoration gently. Pull floss out to the side, don’t bring the floss up, so that the temporary filling will not dislodge or come off.
  • The tooth can often be very weak during therapy. Avoid biting on hard objects until the tooth is properly restored with a filling or crown.
  • Hot food or beverage can be harmful to your tissues after anesthesia. Avoid drinking hot beverages until the numbness wears off.
If you have extreme sensitivity, discomfort biting or is your temporary filling becomes loose, broken or falls out- call our office at (208) 522-1164.
After a Root Canal was last modified: September 20th, 2017 by Lisa Carr