- Root Canal treatment may be necessary in the attempt to save a tooth from extraction. Root canal treatment is the removal of the nerve and blood vessels of a tooth. The void where the nerve was is cleaned and smoothed and then we place a rubber-type material into the cleaned out space to seal the canal. While most patients don’t experience complications from root canal therapy we recommend you refrain from eating for at least 2 hours or until the anesthesia has worn off to prevent possible injury to your lips and cheeks. This time interval will also allow the temporary filling to set to a reasonable hardness if one was placed. We expect your tooth to be sore with chewing and biting pressure so you should avoid very hard or chewy foods. This should gradually decrease within 7-10 days after treatment.
- Antibiotics are not prescribed to all patients but if you had one prescribed either before or after treatment be sure to take it as prescribed even if the pain and swelling subsides.
If you have any of the following signs or symptoms, please call/text our office at 855-Go-Super(467-8737) as these complications do not occur routinely:
- A reaction to the prescribed medication
- Increasing tenderness or swelling in the area surrounding the tooth
- The temporary filling dislodged from the tooth
- The tooth fractures
- A crown or other final restoration should be placed within a short time interval after root canal therapy is completed unless we have advised you otherwise.