After Root Canal Therapy

After root canal therapy it is normal to experience slight discomfort for a few days. Since the teeth will be anesthetized, the tongue, lips and roof of the mouth may be numb. Please refrain from eating and drinking until the numbness is completely worn off.

It is normal to experience some pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should subside within a few weeks after the root canal treatment is completed. Mild pain medications may also be used. We recommend taking Ibuprofen, which is available over the counter, and without a prescription, under the generic name Ibuprofen or the brand names Advil or Motrin. This medicine works best if taken before the discomfort begins and not on an empty stomach. Take three, 200mg pills, ever four to six hours as needed, up to three days after treatment.

Until your root canal procedure is completely finished and the permanent filling or crown is in place, it is wise to minimize chewing on the tooth under repair.

If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent discomfort, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office at 806-857-3389.