Home Instructions for Root Canals

  1. Avoid any chewing until numbness has completely worn off.
  2. It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort take pain medication as recommended.
  3. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if the symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
  4. 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 or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so it can be replaced.
  5. To protect the tooth and keep temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible chew only on the opposite side of the mouth.
  6. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally.
  7. Usually the last step after root canal treatment is the replacement of a crown or tooth. Remember that if you do not place a crown  the root canal treated tooth, it is only a matter of time before your tooth may break.  Set up your appointment at your earliest convenience.

Please follow these home instructions carefully and call our office if your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or have any questions or concerns.