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After Root Canal

It is normal for your tooth to be sore for the first few days after Root Canal Therapy has been completed.   It is also normal for your jaw to be sore as well.   Initially, soft foods are recommended, as they will provide less discomfort during chewing.  The soreness may continue for up to one week.  Your tooth may feel differently the second and third week.  By the fourth week, it should feel like your other teeth.  The unrestored tooth is susceptible to fracture, so you should see your dentist for restoration as soon as possible if necessary.  You also want to avoid chewing on the tooth for the time period instructed by the endodontist. 

If the opening of the tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is common for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments.  However, if you feel that the entire filling has come out, please call our office. 

If you have been given Ibuprofen, this is to aid post-operative healing and manage any discomfort.  If you are still experiencing discomfort, or discomfort increases, please call our office.

A very small percentage of patients (less than 5%) experience post-operative swelling in the area that was treated.  If this happens, call our office immediately for instructions by the doctor.

For our female patients, there may be an interaction between antibiotics and oral contraceptives.  If you are presently taking antibiotics or if our office has prescribed them, please use alternative means of birth control for your entire cycle that month.

If you have any questions or concerns following your treatment, please do not hesitate to call our office.  If your call is after hours or on the weekend, the answering service will page the doctor.  310-375-1200.