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Post Operative Instructions for Your Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Therapy is probably one of the least pleasant dental procedures out there. Even though the inflamed nerve in your tooth is tiny…it is extremely sensitive and connected to an elaborate network of nerves that are still temporarily affected by the root canal infection. It is normal for you to experience some discomfort following this procedure for up to 5-7 days. Please review our answers to the following frequently asked questions.

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What can I do to manage pain after a root canal treatment?

We understand that you may experience discomfort after the procedure. We may have prescribed pain medication or suggested over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. It’s important to follow the dosage instructions carefully, and don’t hesitate to take the medication as soon as you feel any discomfort.

Is it okay to smoke or drink alcohol after a root canal?

To support your recovery, we recommend refraining from smoking during this healing period, as it can slow down the process. Additionally, avoiding alcohol for the first few days can help prevent interference with your medications and dehydration. We appreciate your commitment to a smooth recovery.

Can I eat normally after a root canal procedure?

During this time, it’s a good idea to opt for soft, cool, and non-spicy foods for the first few days. Try to avoid hot, hard, or crunchy foods that might irritate the treated tooth. Your comfort is our priority.

Should I be concerned about oral hygiene after a root canal?

Your regular oral hygiene routine is still important. However, please be gentle when brushing and flossing around the treated tooth. Additionally, rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater a few times a day can assist in the healing process of your gum tissue, which may also be inflamed after the procedure.

When should I schedule follow-up appointments with my dentist?

Our clinical team needs to see you within one week of your root canal treatment to see how your tooth is healing and to complete your restorative work. While root canal treatment treats the infection, it also makes the tooth dry and brittle because it cuts off the tooth from blood supply. It is essential to protect your root canal treated tooth.

What should I do if I experience severe pain or swelling?

If you find yourself dealing with severe or persistent pain, swelling, or any unusual symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact your dentist immediately. Your comfort and health are of utmost importance to us.

When I bite down, I feel like I am hitting the root canal treated tooth before my other teeth. What should I do?

Please Call 833-925-8326 and book an appointment with any of our general dentists to adjust your bite (i.e. occlusal surface of your tooth).

It has been more than three days since my root canal treatment, and my pain is increasing and/or I have swelling and/or fever. What should I do?

Please book an emergency appointment at our office by calling 833-925-8326. If you feel like you are experiencing a medical emergency, please visit your closest emergency room.

How can I reduce swelling after a root canal?

We understand that swelling can be uncomfortable. To help reduce it, you can apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek for 20-minute intervals. Take some time to rest and avoid strenuous activities for the rest of the day. If you had a big infection, we may have prescribed antibiotics. In that case please take your antibiotics as directed and finish the entire course even if you start to feel better and your swelling subsides.

If you notice that your swelling is getting worse, please call us at 833-925-8326 so our clinical team can see you. If your swelling is extensive or is accompanied by fever and pain, please call our office so we can see you on an emergency basis.

If you are experiencing these symptoms outside of our business hours, please visit your closest emergency room.

Should I take antibiotics after a root canal treatment?

Not all root canal patients need an antibiotic prescription. Some patients need antibiotics due to other pre-existing conditions or the presence of an infection. If you were prescribed antibiotics by our clinical team or your medical doctor, please follow the prescribed antibiotic regimen.

Please remember that these instructions are provided with your well-being in mind. Always follow the specific guidance given by your dentist, as they may tailor recommendations to your unique situation. Proper post-operative care is essential for a successful and comfortable root canal recovery, and we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

If you have any concerns or questions about your dental care, don’t hesitate to reach out to us 833-925-8326!