The Importance of Proper Root Canal Aftercare

Following your procedure, Dr. Hester will ensure that you understand the importance of proper root canal aftercare. Once you leave our office in Valdosta, GA, it is important to follow the necessary steps to ensure proper healing and optimal comfort. 

  • We have placed a temporary filling in the tooth and it takes about half an hour to harden.
  • You need to have a permanent filling or a crown placed on your tooth as soon as possible. If this is not done, the tooth is very likely to fracture resulting in tooth loss,  or to develop new decay underneath the temporary filling which may cause your root canal to fail. You will be responsible for all costs incurred if you fail to follow this instruction.
  • DO NOT eat down on anything hard (peanuts, pretzels, ice, etc.) until the permanent filling/crown has been placed on the tooth. Again, the tooth is prone to fracture and if you bite down on anything too hard or crunchy you may crack the tooth.
  • It is normal for the temporary filling to “divot” in with use. It is very rare for it to fall out entirely. If the temporary falls please call our office.
  • Some minor discomfort in the area is normal following the root canal therapy. It is normal for the tooth to be uncomfortable for 2-3 days after treatment. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, the tooth and surrounding tissues may remain sore for a few weeks post treatment. The amount of discomfort after the root canal is a dependant on the kind and the type of infection you had when you presented for treatment. In general, teeth that are severely infected or present with a swelling have more discomfort after the treatment and require stronger pain medication.

What Do I Do About The Pain?

  • All of the above scenarios should be handled with over the counter medication, primarily. We recommend you take:
  • 600 mg Ibuprofen (3 over the counter pills of Advil or Motrin or generic equivalent) every 6 hours for the next 2 days
  • If you can’t unable to take ibuprofen: 1000mg Acetaminophen (2 extra strength Tylenol or generic equivalent) every 6-8 hours for the next 2 days.
  • 90% of the time this is enough to handle the discomfort. If you are still in pain, please contact our office and we will ensure you are comfortable.
  • Please call our office if there is any swelling.
  • If you are given any prescription medications related to this treatment please take them as instructed by Dr. Hester.
  • You may floss and brush your tooth as normal, unless told otherwise by Dr. Hester.

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