INFORMATION FOLLOWING ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Is it normal to have some discomfort after treatment?
Some discomfort may be experienced following your procedure. Your tooth can be sensitive to biting and chewing for 7- 10 days. We recommend that you start with soft foods gradually progressing to solid foods. Do not be surprised if you cannot eat with this tooth for 7- 10 days. Notify our office if you have any of the following:
  • Increased pain after 4 days.
  • Swelling after 3-4 days.
What can I take to help with the discomfort?
To prevent pain and discomfort we recommend 600 mg of Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) together with 1000 mg Tylenol (Acetaminophen) every 8 hours as needed. Do not exceed 3200mg of ibuprofen per day and 3000mg Tylenol per day. Always take Ibuprofen and Tylenol at least two hours apart.

 

How many pills is that?
Over-the-counter dose for Ibuprofen is 200 mg per tablet (3 tablets = 600 mg).
Over-the-counter dose for Extra-Strength Tylenol is 500 mg per tablet (2 tablets = 1000mg).

 

What if I am given a medication?
If other medications were prescribed, take them as directed.

 

Do I have to wait to eat?
If a temporary filling has been placed in the opening created during your root canal treatment, please do not eat for one to two hours to allow this temporary filling to harden. Please do not eat hard or sticky foods in this area at any time until final restoration is placed.

 

After the root canal, does the tooth need more treatment?
You need to return to your general dentist within 6 weeks for a permanent filling or crown on your tooth. Your dentist will receive a copy of your final x-rays from us.

 

Can I call if I have a question?
Please call if you have any questions.

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