The root canal system inside your tooth has been thoroughly cleaned. The canal or canals have been sealed and nature must now have time to repair the damage the original irritant produced.
The goal of root canal treatment is to eliminate pain and/or infection. After treatment, there is sometimes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth. It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping open for an extended period of time
These symptoms, if present, typically are very mild and are temporary. They usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medication. Taking an anti-inflammatory/pain reliever such as Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) usually controls discomfort. Tylenol, works well for patients that cannot take anti-inflammatory pain medications. Antibiotics are not usually prescribed after endodontic therapy unless you have signs of a systemic infection. Guidelines for post treatment care
Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting you cheek or tongue.
Avoid chewing on the treated tooth until it is permanently restored.
If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off or feel dipped in between appointments. However if you think the entire filling has come out please contact us.
Contact us if you develop any of the following:
A visible swelling inside or outside your mouth.
You are experiencing INCREASING discomfort after 72 hours
Your bite feels uneven