Post-Root Canal Home Care

  • Be careful while you are numb!  It is very easy to bite your lip or cheek – we recommend you not eat until you can feel the inside of your mouth again, usually within an hour to an hour-and-a-half of treatment.  Drinking is fine, but avoid very hot beverages to prevent scalding.
  • In order to protect the tooth against fracture during or immediately after treatment, avoid chewing on the tooth until the final restoration has been placed by your general dentist. 
  • The tooth and the adjacent supporting tissues (gums) may be tender for a few days after treatment.  This mild discomfort is normal, and may be relieved by Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, etc.
  • Occasionally, moderate to severe discomfort may occur.  If medication has been prescribed, use according to direction.  If you do not have a prescription for pain medication, you may call the office.
  • Some swelling is possible within 2-3 days after treatment.  This is normal; however call the office if more than a slight puffiness occurs, or it lasts for more than 3-4 days.
  • Following treatment, the tooth will be brittle and subject to fracture.  A restoration (either a filling or a crown with post and core) will be necessary to prevent the fracture and restore the tooth to function. Failure to follow through with the restoration may result in fracture, and / or possible loss of the tooth.  We strongly recommend you see your dentist for this final restoration within 2-3 weeks of completion of your endodontic treatment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office at Medford Office Phone Number 781-391-5100.