Post-Op Instructions- Root Canal
The purpose of the root canal treatment is to remove diseased tissue from inside of the root and seal the root end. Depending on each case, endodontic treatment may be completed in one, two or three appointments. Once started, it is important to complete the root canal therapy.
After your root canal therapy has been completed:
Post op pain: Your root canal therapy will usually relieve the pain you may have been experiencing. Please avoid biting on the tooth for the next few days, this will help it heal faster. Also, avoid biting your lip, cheek, and tongue while numb since this may cause damage to them. You may have some pain or tenderness in the area for up to a few days after the completion root canal treatment. If your tooth was in pain prior to starting the treatment, it will take up to a week or more for the tooth get back to normal. Give the therapy a chance to work.
If your tooth was not in pain prior to beginning treatment (likely because the tooth was abscessed or had a deep cavity that had not begun to hurt yet), your tooth may be quite sore for a few days after the appointment. This will be alleviated with time; it may take as much as a week or more. If you have pain that you cannot tolerate, abnormal swelling, fever, or significant pain, please call our office immediately.
Pain Management: Over the counter analgesics such as aspirin, Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, Naproxen sodium products usually alleviate the discomfort. Take pain relievers before the anesthetic wears off and continue taking for two or three days as directed. We recommend taking an anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen (If not allergic). Take 600mg (3 x 200mg) Advil™ or Motrin™ four times per day for 2-4 days.
You may be given a prescription for a narcotic medication if we feel it will be necessary. Narcotic medications should never be taken in combination with alcohol, histamine blockers (antihistamines), tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, or any other agent that depresses the central nervous system. Narcotics increase the effects of these medications on the brain, and overdose can result from their combined use. Remember that you must NOT drive a car or engage in any type of activity requiring mental alertness while taking narcotic or sedative-type medications.
As always, if you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact our office anytime. (512) 252-4746