After Completion of Endodontic Treatment
It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal procedure. To control discomfort, take any pain medication prescribed by the dentist as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as directed, even if all signs and symptoms of infection and pain are gone. Taking ibuprofen before the numbness wears off can greatly reduce post-operative pain.
You may need to take either over the counter ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or Tylenol for the next several days while the tooth settles down. (Unless otherwise directed by your physician.)
Though some root canal procedures are completed in one appointment, root canal therapy may take more than one appointment to complete.
Since anesthetic has been used, parts of your mouth may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has worn off.
At the end of your visit a temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth 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 dislodges, please call our office and and set up a time to come in and have it replaced.
To protect the tooth and keep the temporary filling in place, avoid eating hard or sticky food (such as gum), and try to chew on the other side of your mouth. Continue to brush normally.
If you have signs of swelling or increasing pain, or if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office.
Once your root canal is completed, you must have a permanent restoration placed by your general dentist. Within one week of having your root canal completed, you must call your general dentist who will schedule you appropriately.
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