1. Following a Root Canal your lips, cheek and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid chewing on the side where the root canal was done until the numbness has worn off. If you bite your lip, cheek, or tongue that area will be sore for 4-5 days versus waiting until the anesthetic wears off to eat.
2. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. If your temporary crown comes off, please call our office so it can be replaced.
3. To help keep your temporary in place: avoid chewing sticky foods (especially gum), avoid biting hard foods and hard substances such as ice, fingernails and pencils. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
4. It is normal to experience some discomfort for 2-3 days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache immediately after receiving root canal treatment. This should subside within a few days. Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, you can experience some degree of discomfort for a few days after.
5. To control any post-operative discomfort, the following pain management regimen is recommended:
600-800mg Ibuprofen taken three times a day (when you wake up and before you go to bed and in the middle). In addition, between the Ibuprofen doses you can take 650mg Tylenol (Acetominophen) if needed.
6. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with pain medications or should swelling develop, please call our office.
7. Typically the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. It is critical to have a crown placed on your tooth as soon as possible. Delay in placing a crown may result in fracture and/or possible loss of the tooth.
8. If your bite feels uneven, you have persistent pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 952-926-3392.