After a root canal treatment

  • Avoid biting or sucking a numb lip, cheek or tongue until the effects of local anesthesia disappear (normally after 3 to 4 hours). Also, avoid hot drinks or food if you are very numb.
  • Avoid chewing firmly or biting hard on the treated tooth until you have had it restored. The tooth is susceptible to fracture and a full restoration must be placed as soon as possible.
  • Continue to brush normally.
  • For the first few days after treatment, your tooth may feel sensitive, especially if there was pain or infection before the procedure. This discomfort can be relieved and be controlled by taking pain medication. The usual painkillers of choice are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, Atasol).

Call our office if…

  • You have persistent pain.
  • Your bite feels uneven.
  • You have a reaction to the medication.
  • You lose your temporary crown or filling placed in the treated tooth.
  • You have any questions.