Post treatment care is essential for the health and longevity of your tooth after a root canal. Luckily, the care is not complicated. A tooth that receives appropriate endodontic treatment followed by proper care can last as long as your natural teeth. It is normal to feel tenderness at the site of the root canal and in the jaw for a few days after your oral surgery. This discomfort is temporary and usually responds well to pain medications. Following these simple guidelines post-treatment will ensure a smooth and successful recovery and reduce the tenderness as you heal.
After Oral Surgery Healing Guidelines
- Immediately following the procedure, avoid chewing and drinking hot liquids until the numbness wears off. This prevents damage to the treated tooth and the soft tissues of your mouth.
- Control discomfort by taking your prescribed pain medication. If antibiotics are prescribed, take as directed even after symptoms subside.
- Should a temporary filling be placed between appointments to protect the tooth, occasionally a piece will wear away or break off. However, if the entire filling falls out, please notify our office to schedule a replacement.
- Your tooth may feel different from your other teeth for some time after treatment. If you have moderate pain or pressure lasting more than a few days, contact us immediately.
A root canal is only the first step to returning your tooth to full capacity. A final restoration is still necessary to ensure life-long function. Schedule an appointment with us for the restoration as soon as possible. After the tooth has been restored, continue practicing proper oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing with regular dental visits. Call today if you have questions regarding your root canal, or post treatment care.
Dr. Ernesto Mireles
Salinas Dental and Implant Centers
608 E. Boronda Rd., Suite B
Salinas, CA 93906
696 Walnut Ave., #1
Greenfield, CA 93927