Root Canal Therapy

POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS: ROOT CANAL THERAPY (RCT)

 

Root canal therapy (RCT) often takes two or more appointments to complete. It is very important to complete the treatment within a few weeks to assure success. Non-compliance could result in loss of tooth.

 

A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness has completely worn off.

 

Between appointments, it is common (and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, call our office so it can be replaced.

 

It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal treatment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

 

To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water; dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water, then rinse, swish, and spit.

 

To protect the tooth and help your temporary in place:

·         Avoid chewing sticky food (especially gum).

·         Avoid hard foods, such as bagels, ice, etc.

·         If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

 

It is important to continue to brush and floss normally. Usually, the last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future.

 

If your bite feels uneven, or you have persistent pain, please call our office. 

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