About Your New Root Canal
After Completion of Root Canal Treatment
Depending on the condition of your teeth and the treatment required during the root canal therapy, your tooth may be sore for up to a week or so. Please do not be alarmed. This is not uncommon following completion of root canal therapy. The treated tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your endodontic treatment is completed.
Your body’s natural defenses must now have time to repair the damage which the original infection and inflammation produced in the bone supporting the tooth. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth as long as it is tender. If you have severe discomfort or persistent swelling, please let us know so that we can prescribe pain relief medication for you. We want you to be comfortable.
- Unless you have an allergy to ibuprofen (Advil), and have been instructed by a physician not to take it, or already have been given a prescription for pain medication, you may want to follow these instructions: To Help reduce any tenderness or discomfort, begin immediately taking two (total 400 mg.) ibuprofen tablets three times a day for three to five days.
- If we prescribed an antibiotic for you, it is important for you to take all of the medication until it is completely finished.
- If you feel that you are having an allergic reaction to the medication (such as difficulty breathing, a skin rash, itching or hives), you should stop taking your medication and call us immediately.
- Warm salt water rinses are often helpful (dissolve 1 teaspoonful of salt into 1 cup of warm water, then rinse mouthfuls for a minute several times a day).
- Do not chew on your treated tooth until all of the tenderness is gone.
The roots of the tooth are now permanently sealed. However, the outer tooth surface, through which the root canal was performed, has a temporary filling in it.
It is normal for a thin layer of this temporary filling to wear away. We will soon remove and replace this with a permanent restoration. If all of the temporary filling comes out, please call us.
A permanent crown will give your tooth the strength required for chewing. Most teeth with root canal therapy require this additional protection since they have had large restorations previously, or have been internally weakened by decay. Arrange to see us within the next few weeks so that we can complete the necessary procedures.