Root Canal Therapy After Care
- We advise that you take the recommended pain medication within one hour of leaving our office. This allows the medication to get into your system before the anesthesia we administered wears off.
- Your tooth may be tender after treatment and will become progressively more comfortable within a few days. Any post-operative tenderness is best alleviated by taking 400-600 mg of ibuprofen (Advil) every 6 hours for the next 2-3 days. If the Advil does not completely alleviate the pain, you can take 1000mg of acetaminophen (Tylenol) in addition to ibuprofen. Do not exceed 2400mg ibuprofen and 4000mg acetaminophen per day.
- Whenever possible, try to chew on the opposite side of the tooth we have just treated. Until you have a final restoration placed, your tooth is weakened and could fracture (requiring its removal).
- Please avoid chewing gum, caramels, or other sticky, soft candy. These can dislodge your temporary filling or cause a tooth fracture.
- If you were given a prescription for an antibiotic, please take the medication as directed on the bottle until it is completely gone. This will help your immune system completely remove the infection.
- Should you continue to experience post-operative discomfort that is not alleviated by the above medications, or should you develop swelling in the affected area, please contact our office.