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Root Canal

Aftercare following Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy

What to expect

  1. It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache immediately after receiving root-canal therapy.
  2. Your tooth will be sensitive to biting pressure and may even appear to feel loose. This is the result of the sensitivity of nerve-endings in the tissue just outside the end of the root, where we cleaning, irrigated and placed filler and sealer material. This feeling will be short lived.
  3. You may feel a depression or rough area in the tooth. There is a soft, temporary material in that area, which may wear away to some degree before your next visit.
  4. Occasionally, a small "bubble" or "pimple" will appear on the hum tissue within a few days after completion of 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.

What to do

  1. We recommend you take something for pain-relief within one hour of leaving our office, to get the medication into your blood system before the anesthesia we administered begins to subside. We recommend ibuprofen (Nuprin, Advil, Mortin) 600mg (three tablets) three times a day. If you have a medical condition or gastrointestinal disorder, which precludes ibuprofen, acetaminophen (Tylenol, Excedrin) is a substitute, although it does not contain anti-inflammatory properties. Asprin and aspirin-containing products are not advisable, as they tend to increase bleeding from the area that was treated.
  2. Whenever possible, try to chew on the opposite side from the tooth we have just treated, until you have a crown or only placed, or until the access area is restored. Until that time, your tooth still is weakened and could fracture.
  3. Please avoid chewing gum, caramels, or other sticky, soft candy, which could dislodge the temporary material or fracture your tooth.

Please call us if...

  1. You are experiencing symptoms more intense than described above, or of longer duration then one week.
  2. You encounter significant post-operative swelling.
  3. The temporary material is dislodged, feels loose, or feels "high" when biting.
  4. Your tooth fractures.
  5. You have any questions at all.


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to email or call the office.

 Santa Clarita Dentist, David A. Tanner, D.D.S

(661) 254-1884


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