After Oral Surgery or a Root Canal Procedure:
Wait at least an hour to eat to allow the filling to harden. It is best to wait until all the numbness has gone before you attempt to eat. This is to prevent chewing your lip or tongue and causing injury. Drinking liquids is OK. Usually, the numbness will wear off in 2-3 hours.
If you elected to be sedated during the procedure, you may be sleepy after the appointment is finished. A nap lasting for an hour or so after your appointment usually eliminates this symptom.
Some pain is normal immediately after an endodontic procedure. This can persist for up to a week depending on the severity of the infection in the tooth. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics and or pain medication to help with the discomfort. If antibiotics are prescribed, please take the whole course prescribed for the best results.
If you have pain, start taking over-the-counter pain medications such as Ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Please take according to bottle recommendations. Taking these medications before the numbness wears off can help with pain immediately after the procedure. If pain is still bothersome, you may take prescribed pain medications.
Ice can be placed on the area outside the tooth by placing ice in a zip-lock bag and holding it on your face. This can help with pain and swelling.
Do not apply heat. This can cause the tooth to swell or swell more severely.
Some procedures take more than 1 visit. This depends on the amount of infection around the tooth. An appointment will be made usually 1 month after your first visit to finish the root canal procedure. Please make every effort to return to our office to finish your procedure. If you cannot make your second appointment, call our office to have it rescheduled.
A temporary filling is usually placed in your tooth at the conclusion of the treatment. This filling can sometimes wear down and cause a slight hole in the tooth. Call our office if needed and we can replace or add to your temporary filling at no charge.
Once your root canal is finished, your general dentist will need to examine your tooth 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Please call your general dentist to set up an appointment.