Home Care Instructions Following Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy

After root canal therapy has been completed, it is normal to experience slight tenderness in the gum area surrounding the treated tooth for several days. To ensure the best end result, the tooth will need to be restored with a permanent restoration and sometimes a crown depending on the extent of missing tooth structure. Please refer to the following to help minimize any post-treatment complications:

1. Do not do any extensive chewing on the treated tooth until it is restored with a permanent restoration or covered with a permanent crown. A soft diet is recommended to avoid irritating the area/tooth, but be sure to eat the appropriate dietary requirements.

2. You should continue with your regular dental hygiene regimen, but be careful when brushing around the temporary restoration.

3. Control pain using non-aspirin medication such as Motrin or Extra Strength Tylenol and refer to the product label for directions. For moderate to severe pain, the prescribed medications should be taken as directed.

4. Be sure to take all prescribed medications as directed to include antibiotics to help prevent infection.

5. Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any medications.

6. Swelling is a natural part of the healing process and can be expected for several days after treatment. In case of swelling, ice packs may be applied in 10 minute intervals during the first 72 hours after treatment. After this, warm compresses may be used.

7. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed or prescription medications, should severe swelling develop, or should you experience any unusual symptoms, please contact the office promptly.