Care Instructions for Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy

  • Use caution while numbness is still in effect so you do not bite your lips, cheeks or your tongue. No eating until your anesthetic has worn off and you no longer feel numbness.

  • Mild discomfort is expected for 2 to 3 days after root canal therapy.

  • Take Motrin as prescribed for three days after your therapy even if your tooth is feeling better.

  • If prescription pain medication has been prescribed for you, only take it as needed for pain that is not relieved with Motrin.

  • If antibiotics have been prescribed for you, it is very important you continue to take this medication until the entire prescription is finished even if you feel better.

  • Do not chew with the treated tooth until your tooth is permanently restored by your dentist. Do your best to use the opposite side to avoid fracture.

  • Swelling, fever, increasing pain that does not respond to pain medication or allergic reactions (rash, itching, hives or nausea) to medications prescribed should be reported to our office.


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