Root Canal Post-Op
- Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side until the anesthesia wears off. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue, or lip while numb.
- It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. Please follow the pain management regime outlined for you and take antibiotics if prescribed. Make sure to finish the whole antibiotics prescriptions even if you feel fine.
- Root canal therapy may take more than one appointment to complete. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky (especially gum) and hard foods and, if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. Between appointments it is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, contact us so it can be replaced.
- It is important to continue to brush and floss normally.
- Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a permanent restoration on the tooth. This may be the placement of a crown with post on the tooth or a composite filling. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. It is extremely important to permanently restore the tooth in order to ensure that the tooth will not become reinfected, decay, or fracture.
- If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent swelling or pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our office.
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