Root Canal Instructions

  • Do not eat or drink anything for the next half hour.  Do not  try to feel around your tooth with your tongue.
  • You need to have a crown placed on your tooth within 1 MONTH of the root canal being completed. If this is not done, the tooth is very likely to fracture or to develop new decay underneath the filling, which may cause your root canal to fail.
  • DO NOT use the tooth to bite down on anything hard (peanuts, pretzels, ice, etc.) until the permanent filling/crown has been placed on the tooth.  Again, the tooth is prone to fracture and if you bite down on anything too hard or crunchy you may crack the tooth.
  • Some minor discomfort in the area is normal during and following the root canal.  It is normal for the tooth to be uncomfortable for 2-3 days after today’s treatment. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, the tooth and surrounding tissues may remain sore for a few weeks post treatment.
  • What do I do about the pain?  All of the above scenarios should be handled with the prescription of medicines given to you. 90% of the time this is enough to handle the discomfort.  If it is not, please contact our office and we will ensure you are comfortable.
  • You may floss and brush your tooth as normal.