What to expect after a root canal.

After the local anesthetic wears off it’s not unusual to have some soreness in and around the tooth that was treated. This soreness usually lasts about 3 days and gradually gets better. I’ve had patients that had discomfort for up to three weeks.

Inflammation is the reason for the discomfort and is caused by your dental infection, the dental injection and the files used to open up the root canal system. I encourage patients, who can take ibuprofen, (Advil, Motrin) to take 800mg every 4-6 hours until comfortable. If the pain persists and you feel it is getting worse you should return to the office for an evaluation. All antibiotics have side effects so are no longer routinely given. If you experience swelling or escalating discomfort then antibiotics may be indicated.Obviously if you have an allergy to any prescribed medication don’t take it. If you develop allergic symptoms stop the medication and call the prescribing doctor.

Avoid Chewing on the tooth until the final filling or crown is placed. Also eat soft foods to prevent a root fracture or aggravate the already sore tooth. Depending on the reason for the root canal a follow up appointment may be necessary.

Your recovery and wellbeing is our number one concern. If you have any questions or concerns don’t hesitate to call the Levittown office (516) 796-6600


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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at marc@anxietyfreedental.com