Root Canal Therapy After Care
- We recommend you take the recommended pain medication within one hour of leaving our office. This allows the medication to get into your blood system before the anesthesia we administered subsides. Generally, only one dose is needed.
- It is not uncommon for your tooth to feel uncomfortable or have a dull ache immediately after root-canal therapy. Expect this discomfort to subside within a few days.
- Your tooth may feel sensitive when biting and or even feel loose. This sensitivity comes from the nerve-endings near the root of your tooth, where we cleaned, irrigated and placed filler and sealer material. This sensitivity will be short lived.
- Whenever possible, try to chew on the opposite side from the tooth we have just treated, until you have a final restoration placed. Until this time, your tooth is weakened and could fracture (requiring its removal).
- Please avoid chewing gum, caramels or other sticky soft candy. These can dislodge your temporary filling or cause tooth fracture.
- You may feel a depression or rough area on the top of your back tooth or the back of your front tooth where the access to the nerve was made. There is a soft temporary material in that area, which may wear away to some degree before your next visit for the crown.
- Occasionally, a small "bubble" or "pimple" will appear on the gum tissue within a few days of having root canal therapy. This should disappear within a few days.
Crowns and Bridges After Care
- Please avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the crowned teeth or the bridge (such as hard candy, ice, and raw carrots).
- If you've been fitted with your temporary and not your final restoration, please avoid sticky foods. Also be careful when flossing not to pop off the temporary.
- Don't worry about mild sensitivity to hot or cold foods. It will disappear gradually over a few weeks. Please call us if the sensitivity does not disappear.
- If your bite does not feel right, if you notice sensitivity to pressure or temperature that lasts for several weeks, please contact us.
- Maintain your regular preventative care. It's critical for keeping your new restorations healthy.
Scaling and Root Planning After Care
- It is normal for your gums to feel tender. We strongly recommend rinsing twice daily for two days with warm (not hot) salt water to speed-up healing and reduce tenderness. Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in a glass of 8oz (1 cup) warm water. Take 2-3 200mg tablets of ibuprophen (motrin) every 4 hours as needed for discomfort and anti-inflammatory effect.
- It is normal for your teeth to be sensitive to cold and hot foods or liquids after deep cleaning. Should this become problematic, try using a tooth paste for sensitive teeth. If your sensitivity continues, please call our office.
- For 2 days after your deep cleaning avoid any small hard foods that might get caught under the gum tissue. Examples include popcorn, nuts, and seeds (poppy seeds, strawberry jam, etc.). It is unlikely, yet it is possible to develop a gum abscess if these foods are caught under the tissue (when the gums heal they tighten, which traps these foods).
- It is very important to continue thorough homecare: brushing & flossing to remove plaque. Leaving plaque on the teeth will slow healing and greatly minimize the benefits of treatment.
- If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us.