What can I expect following my root canal procedure?
Please remember to contact your dentist to schedule your permanent filling or crown.
Avoid chewing on the tooth until your regular dentist places a permanent filling or crown. A root canal treats pain and infection, but does not strengthen a tooth.
If your bite feels high, or you cannot close your mouth without pain, please let us know so that your bite can be adjusted.
Many times patients will notice that part of their temporary filling wears away. Although this can feel like a hole or divot, it is normal. It is very rare for a temporary filling to completely fall out.
Brush and floss your tooth, but with a gentle manner. Electric toothbrushes can increase the tenderness of the tooth in the short term.
Most patients experience anywhere from mild to moderate pain in the tooth, jaw, TMJ, and/ or gum tissue for up to 4 days. If over the counter medications do not relieve your discomfort, please call the office for advice.
About 5% of the time the pain following a root canal is more significant. If you notice swelling and/or pain that you cannot control, please call the office.
Can I continue with my normal activities after treatment?
Root canal therapy is similar to having a filling or crown done, you will leave the office with a numb lip or tongue but you may resume normal activity. Dr. Locher Claus advises that you do not eat or drink any hot liquids until your numbness is gone so you do not bite your lip or tongue.
For your safety, our practice adheres to the highest standards of infection control in accordance with the CDC and OSHA guidelines.