Root Canal Therapy


It is important that you avoid chewing and hot liquids until all of the numbness has worn off. You may unknowingly bite or burn your tongue, cheek, etc.

Some mild discomfort is to be expected. Your gums, teeth, and jaw all have the potential for being sore or sensitive to pressure or changes in temperature. Generally, this only lasts for a few days.

We recommend that you take a single dose of an over-the-counter pain medication before your anesthetic wears off. The ideal dosage and medication is 400 mg of ibuprofen. If you are not able to take this medication, 500 mg of acetaminophen is the second best choice. Additional pain medications/prescriptions, if provided, will be explained to you. Do not take any medication to which you are allergic or which any doctor has instructed you not to take.

Sometimes, due to the condition of your tooth, it is necessary for us to manipulate your gums during treatment. If your gums feel sore, swish with warm salt water 5 times per day until the soreness goes away.

If not already completed, it is important that you return as soon as possible to have the permanent restoration placed on the tooth. Until the permanent restoration is placed, the tooth is at an increased risk for fracture. The permanent restoration will return the tooth to its original strength and beauty.

As with natural teeth, always avoid hard and sticky foods. These can cause a host of problems, including fractures, dental decay, and failed restorations.

It may take some time to get used to your new restorations. Hot and cold sensitivity may be present for a few weeks. Your tongue may notice small, grainy pieces of excess bonding material (cement). These small pieces normally come off on their own within a few days of regular brushing and flossing. If you still notice them after 3 days, please contact our office; we can schedule an appointment to quickly remove them. Lastly, your bite may feel strange for a few days. If this persists for more than 3 days, please contact our office; we can schedule an appointment to quickly adjust your bite.

If you have heavy bleeding, severe pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days, or a reaction to the medication, call our office immediately.