Guidelines for Root Canal
Post-Treatment Care

  1. Expect soreness/tenderness of the tooth 3-10 days after treatment. This can be any of the following: biting, chewing, touching/tapping. Discomfort without doing any of the above is common as well.
  2. Taking 800mg of Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin is recommended every 8 hours for at least 4 days after treatment. IF you find 800mg of ibuprofen isn’t sufficient, you can take (2) regular strength Tylenol 1 hour after taking the ibuprofen. Never take Ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin & Tylenol at the same time.
  3. Soreness in your jaw is normal due to the length of time your mouth was open during treatment.
  4. Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This is to prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
  5. If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments.
  6. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as normal.
  7. Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, contact our office.
  8. If swelling is going to occur, it will happen within the first 48 hours. Please contact our office immediately.