Root Canal Post Operative Instructions

  • If you decide to eat or drink before the anesthetic wears off and normal feeling returns to the area/s worked on, please
    exercise caution. Avoid hot liquids and be very careful to not chew on your cheek or lips while eating, which is easy
    to do while still feeling numb. Be gentle with the tooth that was worked on. You may want to consider mainly
    chewing on the other side for several days.
  • If your tooth was in pain prior to starting the treatment, it may take a few days for the tooth to experience relief. If
    your tooth was not in pain prior to beginning treatment (because the tooth was abscessed or had a deep cavity and had
    not begun to hurt yet), your tooth may be quite sore for a few days after the appointment. This will be alleviated with
    time, please be patient.
  • If your root canal was done on a back tooth (a premolar/bicuspid or molar) and it did not already have a crown/cap on
    it, it will be necessary to have a crown/cap placed over it as soon as possible after the root canal completion. You
    should begin this procedure within a month of having the root canal done, unless you are instructed otherwise.

    • Teeth that have had root canals can become structurally weaker or brittle. Without a crown to protect them,
      they are at a higher risk to fracture and breakage. If a fracture is significant enough, it could lead to a tooth
      needing to be extracted.
  • Antibiotics
    If we have prescribed an antibiotic for you, please take the entire antibiotic per the directions. Antibiotics have to be in your system for a specified amount of time to be successful. If you don’t complete the prescription, resistant bacteria can potentially develop.
    Please supplement with a quality probiotic while taking systemic antibiotic prescriptions. 
  • Pain Management and Medication
    You may have moderate discomfort after the anesthesia wears off. Most discomfort can be controlled with over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. The combination of Advil (ibuprofen) 600mg and Extra Strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) 1,000mg can be taken every 6 hours as needed for pain management.  A prescription for a stronger narcotic may be written for you if necessary and should be used as directed only as long as your discomfort requires you to take it.

Do not hesitate to call our office during business hours for any questions regarding your root canal appointment.