Root Canal Therapy Post-Operative Care

Avoid eating/drinking anything hot until the numbness goes away.

You may experience some discomfort on the tooth that has been treated. This may last anywhere between 7-10 days. Swelling in the affected area may also occur. These are not unusual post-operative events.

Discomfort may be alleviated by taking ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed.

Your doctor may also prescribe medications such as narcotic analgesics, prednisone (steroids), and/or antibiotics for pain management and/or facial swelling. Please follow written instructions and precautions with their use.

NOTE: Alcohol intake is not advised while taking any of these medications. Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the above listed medications, or should swelling develop, please
contact the office immediately.

If your tooth has been left open to drain

In order to alleviate your distress, your tooth has been left open for drainage. Follow these instructions until your next appointment:

  1. Irrigate your tooth as instructed with warm salt water for five minutes after every meal or snack (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water). Place the warm water in the affected area, hold it there until it cools, then rinse out. A small piece of cotton may have been placed in your tooth. If it falls out, it may
    be replaced with a fresh piece provided for you.
  2. Avoid blocking the open tooth with food by cautiously eating on the opposite side of your mouth. Avoid eating foods that may contain small seeds in it that may get caught in the tooth. To prevent any
    accidental food blockage, continuously and gently rinse after meals or snacks with warm salt water.
  3. Avoid using objects (such as toothpicks) to remove debris within the tooth. Gentle and continuous warm saltwater rinses are often all that are needed for removal of debris.
  4. If medication(s) have been prescribed, use according to directions. Notify this office in the event of any significant swelling, pain, or problems from the prescribed medication. Remember that even though
    your tooth may be comfortable, follow-up treatment is necessary!

If you have any questions, please contact our office. 614-885-1215 or

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