Post-Operative Instructions Following Root Canal Treatment
What to Expect
It is common to feel some minor discomfort for 2-3 days after treatment. Sometimes the treated tooth can remain sensitive even longer, for 1-2 weeks. This usually limited to a throbbing or pressure-like sensation and/or pain when chewing on the tooth that was treated. Most patients can manage any post-operative discomfort with mild over-the-counter pain medications such as Motrin, Advil, or Tylenol. Occasionally pain can be severe. This may occur even if you experienced no discomfort during the procedure. Please call our office and we will prescribe the appropriate medications.
Although rare, swelling around the area that was treated occurs sometimes. This swelling should reach its maximum within 48 hours and will gradually disappear within a few days. If the swelling persists, please contact our office.
3. Pain In Jaw Joint:
This is common, especially if you had a long appointment and had your mouth open for a long time. Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) works best to alleviate the pain. If you cannot take Ibuprofen, Tylenol will help as well.
What To Do
Most people will not need any prescription medication. Discomfort is usually minor and can be handled with 600mg of Ibuprofen four times a day or 1000mg of Tylenol every 6 hours.
Prescribed Medications: If you develop a rash, have a upset stomach or diarrhea, please contact our office.
Your tooth has a temporary filling in place now; this filling is meant to be replaced within ONE MONTH. If you wait more than ONE MONTH to have your tooth permanently restored, you are putting your root-canal at risk for failure. The temporary filling is not meant to be a permanent restoration and you will be responsible for the full cost of any additional treatment, retreatment, or surgical procedure to repair any damage that was done by not following these important instructions.
AVOID HARD FOODS, GUM, AND STICKY OR CRUNCHY FOODS UNTIL YOUR FINAL RESTORATION IS DONE.
Contact your general dentist as soon as possible to make an appointment to have your final restoration placed.
Please call if you have any questions: (623) 444-4521