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What to Expect:
- It is not uncommon for a tooth to
be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache
immediately after receiving root canal
therapy. This should subside within one week.
- Your tooth will be sensitive to
biting pressure and may even appear loose. This
feeling is a result of the sensitivity of nerve
endings in the tissue just outside the end of
the root, where we cleaned, irrigated, and placed
filler and sealer material. This feeling will be
- You may feel a depression or
rough area (op the top of a back tooth or the
back of a front tooth) where our access was made.
There is a soft, temporary material in that area,
which may wear away to some degree before your next
- Occasionally, a small bubble or
pimple will appear on the gum tissue within a
few days after completion of a root canal. This
represents the release of pressure and bacteria
which no longer can be sustained around the tooth.
What to Do:
- 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. Generally, only one dose is
needed. We recommend Ibuprofen (Nuprin,
Advil, Motrin) 800 mg (four tablets). 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. Aspirin and aspirin containing products
are not advisable, as they tend to increase bleeding
from the area that was treated.
- Whenever possible, try to chew on
the opposite side from the tooth we have just
treated, until you have a
crown or inlay
placed, or until the access area is restored. Until
that time, your tooth still is weakened and could
- Please avoid chewing gum,
caramels, or other sticky, soft candy, which could
dislodge the temporary material or fracture your
PLEASE CALL US IF:
- You are experiencing symptoms
more intense or of longer duration than
those described above.
- You encounter significant
- The temporary material is
dislodged, feels loose, or feels high when
- Your tooth fractures.
- You have any questions at all.