Dental Education Lecture: Care after Root Canal Treatment

After Today's Treatment

Depending on the previous condition of the tooth and the treatment required during root canal therapy, your tooth may be sore for 7 to 10 days. There is no cause for alarm, as this is a common consequence of root canal therapy. Discomfort following today's treatment does not affect the successful outcome of treatment. While the tooth is tender, avoid chewing in the treated area. Should you have severe discomfort or persistent swelling, please contact this office.

 Post Op Instructions 

  1. Unless you have an allergy to Ibuprofen (Advil), have been instructed by a physician not to take Ibuprofen, or already have prescription pain medication, you may want to follow these instructions:

        To help reduce the tenderness or discomfort, begin immediately taking three (total 600 mg) or four (total 800 mg) Ibuprofen three times a day for three to five days 

  1. If an antibiotic was prescribed, it is important to take all of the medication
  2. If you feel you are having an allergic reaction to the medication (such as a skin rash, itching, hives, or breathing difficulty), you should contact this office immediately
  3. Warm salted water rinses are helpful (1 teaspoon salt in 1 cup warm water, rinse 1 minute 2 times a day)
  4. Do not chew on the tooth until all the tenderness is gone.  Do not chew hard food even after the tenderness is gone, because the tooth after root canal treatment tends to be brittle
  5. Return to this office for crown build-up and crown fabrication as soon as possible or as instructed by the doctor to prevent tooth fracture

You may notice a medicinal taste between appointments. This is due to the penetrating quality of the medication in the tooth and is not harmful.

It is normal for a thin layer of temporary filling to wear away. This will be removed and replaced at the next appointment. If all of temporary filling comes out, call this office. If any other questions, or problems arise, please do not hesitate to call at 770-814-2212.

Xin Wei, DDS, PhD, MS 1st edition 05/30/2010, last revision 08/07/2016