Post Op care during / after Root Canal Treatment

Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after appointments in which we’ve used an anesthetic. Avoid chewing anything until the numbness has completely worn off.

 Discomfort  and Medication

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for few days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. Avoid chewing on the side of treatment if it hurts and avoid chewing on hard food until permanent crowns are fixed. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

Sometimes there could be swelling both inside or even outside your mouth following a root canal appointment, this is usually transient and will not be reason of  much worry.

 Temporary fillings and crowns

It’s common, and not a problem, for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off between appointments. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that we can replace it.

 Routine care and precautionary measures

To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water).
To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary filling or crown in place, avoid eating sticky or hard foods (especially gum), and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush normally, but floss very carefully.