Root Canal Therapy

When an anesthetic has been used, your lips and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing and hot beverages until the numbness has completely worn off. It is very easy to bite or burn your tongue or lip while you are numb.

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal procedure. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as directed, even if all signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Taking ibuprofen or Tylenol before the numbness wears off can greatly reduce post-operative pain.

Usually, the last step in a root canal is the placement of a crown or permanent filling in the tooth. This will protect the tooth from breaking in the future. You may chew your crown as soon as the anesthetic completely wears off. Avoid sticky foods for 24 hours following your appointment.

If you have signs of swelling or increasing pain, or if you have any further questions or concerns, please contact our office.

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