Instructions Following Root Canal Therapy

Post-Treatment Care Guidelines: Ensuring a Smooth Recovery

  • Do not eat or drink for a half hour after your treatment, and refrain from touching the treated tooth to ensure the temporary filling hardens properly.
  • If you received prescriptions, fill them immediately and follow the dosage instructions carefully. If no prescriptions were provided, you can take over-the-counter medications instead. Always adhere to the dosage instructions on the medication label and contact our office if you cannot manage the pain effectively.
  • To alleviate swelling, apply a cold compress intermittently for 20 minutes. Repeat this procedure as necessary for the next 6 to 8 hours.
  • When you begin eating and drinking again, avoid chewing on the treated area until the permanent restoration has been completed.
  • Regularly brush and floss the treated area gently to keep it clean.
  • It is typical to experience some discomfort for several days after treatment. The tooth and gums might remain sensitive for a few weeks after treatment.
  • Continue your regular brushing and flossing routine unless advised differently by our office.. Follow any additional instructions and take all prescribed medications as directed.
  • It’s important to schedule an appointment with our office within a month to have a permanent crown or filling installed. This will help minimize the risk of the temporary restoration breaking or decay forming in the treated area. Delaying beyond a month could lead to complications, so please schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

Please Take Note

Although uncommon, flare-ups can cause considerable discomfort. These episodes can affect highly irritated teeth and may also occur unexpectedly, even in patients who have previously had successful root canal treatments without any complications. Should you encounter a flare-up marked by moderate to severe pain, swelling, or throbbing, contact us immediately. We may recommend additional medications, such as antibiotics, or advise you to schedule a visit for further treatment.