The root canal system inside your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned, and the irritated tissue and bacteria that caused you to need root canal treatment have been removed. It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications. Remember that narcotic medications, if prescribed, may make you drowsy and caution should be exercised in operating dangerous machinery or driving a car after taking them. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain, contact your endodontist.
Root canal treatment is only one step in returning your tooth to full function. A proper final restoration of the tooth is extremely important in ensuring long-term success. Contact your dentist within two weeks to arrange your next appointment. lf your tooth is being treated in more than one visit by an endodontist, do not return to your dentist for the final restoration until the root canal treatment is completed.
Reproduced with permission from the American Association of Endodontists.
Do not eat anything or drink hot beverages until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
Use caution when chewing or biting on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
lf the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact your endodontist.
Contact your endodontist right away if you develop any of the following:
• A visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth:
• An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
• A return of original symptoms; or
• Your bite feels uneven.