Root Canal

What to expect with a Root Canal:

  • You may experience moderate pain and sensitivity to pressure or even some soreness on your tooth (teeth) after root canal therapy. The tooth may even appear to feel loose. This feeling is a result of the sensitivity of nerve-ending in the tissue just outside and the end of the root. This should subside within a few days or even weeks after your root canal.
  • Occasionally, a small "bubble" or "pimple" will appear on the gum tissue within a few days after your root canal. This represents the release of pressure and bacteria which no longer can be sustained around the tooth. This should disappear within a few days of your root canal treatment.

Things to do when you have a Root Canal:

  • It is very important not to chew on the numb side until the anesthesia wears off. This will prevent biting your tongue, lip, etc. 
  • Usually a temporary filling has been placed on your tooth. Try to chew with the opposite side.
  • Until the permanent restoration is placed, be very gentle with the tooth. 
  • Take any medication that was prescribed for you according to instructions.
  • Continue your normal brushing and flossing.
  • Avoid hard and chewy foods (such as ice, hard candy, gum). These are known to pull temporaries off the prepared tooth.
  • Follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as you have been advised. Any unnecessary delay on placement of final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.
  • Call our office if you are in sever pain or experience swelling or have any questions.