After root canal treatment has been completed, your level of discomfort depends on your level of tolerance. Follow through with after-treatment care instructions. Although some patients experience no pain, some discomfort is normal. Reduction of inflammation will in turn reduce pain.
What we recommend
Before the anesthetic wears off, take anti-inflammatory medication for the first 48 hours.
ADVIL, IBUPROFEN, OR MOTRIN
600-800 mg every 4-6 hours
TYLENOL (If you are allergic to ibuprofen)
2 tablets every 4 hours
Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until it has been restored by your dentist.
On the day of treatment, limit your diet
to foods that require no chewing.
Sensitivity to pressure and soreness to biting pressure will gradually subside.
This may take a few weeks.
Continue to brush and floss in order for
the tissue around the tooth to stay healthy.
The tissue around the tooth will be
sensitive, be gentle. Rinse with warm salt water (1/4 tsp. per oz. of water)
Do not apply heat to the outside of
your face under any circumstance.
If prescribed, take as directed until all medication has been taken.
If prescribed, take as needed and as directed.
Birth Control Pills
Be aware that antibiotics inhibit the effectiveness of birth control pills.
Do not delay
Within 2 weeks of your root canal treatment, we recommend a crown be placed by your dentist.
Provides a protective “shell” to help prevent the tooth from cracking and breaking.
Restores the tooth to its natural structure and appearance.
If you have other concerns, questions, or symptoms to report, please contact us.