After a Root Canal

Root canals are a routine dental procedure, and you may be pleasantly surprised to find that they commonly take only a week or two to heal.

What should I expect after a root canal?

While your body heals and repairs the tooth and surrounding tissues, nerves, and ligaments, it is normal to feel some discomfort in the area of your treated tooth for a few days. You may also experience some soreness in your jaw from keeping it open for a long period of time.

Discomfort from root canal treatment typically responds very well to OTC anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen. Taking pain medication immediately after the procedure can help with pain management after the local anesthetic wears off. If you are prescribed any narcotic medications, it is important to follow instructions on how to take them. Remember that narcotic medications can make you drowsy and impair your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you are taking an antibiotic, make sure to take the full course until it is gone.

Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth after root canal therapy. This is also normal and will subside. Contact us if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe pain or pressure
  • Visible swelling on the inside or outside your of mouth
  • Your bite feels uneven
  • Return of previous symptoms
  • An allergic reaction to medication, such as rash, hives, or itching

It is not unusual for a thin layer of the temporary filling that was placed in your tooth to wear off. If you think the entire filling has come out, contact our office.

Post-Treatment Care for Root Canals

Following treatment, you can resume your normal daily activities. To avoid biting your cheek, tongue, and lips and to avoid burning yourself with hot food or drink, refrain from eating until the numbness in your mouth has disappeared. Try not to chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it permanently restored with a crown or filling. Continue your regular dental care routine of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day.

Additional Treatment

Because the soft tissue inside your tooth has been removed, your tooth will dry out and become brittle over time. Root canal treatment is only one step in the process of restoring your tooth to good health. Brittle teeth can fracture and break more easily, so it is essential to promptly obtain a proper final restoration such as a crown to ensure long-term success. Contact the team at AV Dental in Jersey City to schedule an appointment for your root canal or crown today.