- Parts of your mouth may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Minimize chewing and drinking hot beverages until the numbness has worn off to avoid accidental injury to your gums, tongue, etc.
- To protect the tooth in between appointments, a temporary filling is placed. It is common for small parts of the temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out or you feel a hole in the tooth, please call our office to have it replaced.
- To protect the tooth and keep the temporary filling in place, avoid eating hard or sticky food, and try to chew on the other side of your mouth. Continue to brush and floss normally unless instructed otherwise. Usually, the last step in a root canal is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown will protect the tooth from fracturing in the future.
- It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal procedure. To control discomfort, take any pain medication prescribed by the dentist as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as directed, even if all signs and symptoms of infection are gone. Taking ibuprofen (Advil) before the numbness wears off can greatly reduce post-operative pain.
- If you have worsening pain or increased swelling, please contact our office at 408-227-0910.