Following Root Canal Treatment

  1. While you are anesthetized, “frozen”, and may not have feeling in the area, please avoid eating or drinking anything hot as you may not feel the heat and may burn yourself.

  2. You had a temporary restoration placed in your tooth:

    1. If root canal therapy has been initiated but not completed, you must schedule an additional appointment(s) at our office.

    2. If root canal therapy has been completed, you must return to your regular dentist to have the temporary filling replaced. A crown may be recommended. Please avoid pressure or chewing on the tooth (teeth) that has been treated until you have seen your regular dentist for permanent restoration.

    3. Please call your dentist as soon as possible after completion of root canal treatment to make an appointment at a time which is convenient for you and your dentist for permanent restoration.

  3. 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.

  4. We will give you a post-operative instruction sheet and discuss all details with you at the time of treatment.

  5. Please continue with any medications prescribed, unless instructed otherwise by the doctor. Notify the office of any problems that may arise from medications being taken.

Remember… If you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment, please do not hesitate to contact our office!


The tooth and its surrounding tissue may be tender for several days. This is a result of the combined effects of your condition prior to treatment and the root canal therapy performed.

  • DO NOT apply any pressure to the tooth or teeth under treatment for the next few days. The irritation caused by the root canal treatment is like a bruise and chewing will only further aggravate the situation. Your diet should consist of morsels of firmer foods you can control. Be careful to avoid the treated tooth. After the initial few days following treatment, you may start a soft diet working your way back to normal function.

  • Minor soreness may be best relieved by taking 3-4 ibuprofen, (Advil or Nuprin), 4 times a day or 2 Aleve 3 times a day for the next few days. Take Tylenol if the anti-inflammatory medication cannot be used. Many times throbbing aches can be greatly reduced by applying an ice pack to the face for short intervals. If prescribed, take your antibiotic as directed. If necessary, fill and use the prescription for the pain medication that you may have been given. Take only as needed.

    Use warm salt water rinses (as often as you can), a cup of warm water to a teaspoon of salt and rinse around infected area.

  • Brush as you normally do

Should severe pain persist or swelling develop, please call our office at (404) 256-4772

We remain available if you have any questions.


In order to alleviate your distress, your tooth may have 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 salt water in the affected area, swish, then rinse out.

  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 salt water rinses are often all that are needed for removal of debris.

  4. If medication(s) have been prescribed, use according to directions.

  5. Notify this office in the event of any significant swelling, pain, or problems from the prescribed medication(s).

Remember that even though your tooth may be comfortable, follow-up treatment is necessary!

We expect your recovery period to be as uneventful as possible. However, if a question or concern should arise regarding your treatment or medication being taken, feel free to contact our office.

Call Us: (404) 256-4772

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Suite 275,
Sandy Springs, GA 30342.
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