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Post Operative Care


Male patient in dental chair reviewing dental services with dentistNote that discomfort after a root canal typically subsides in a couple of days, but may last as long as a few weeks. Improvement will likely be gradual. The following information will help guide you through your post operative care:
•  The treated tooth will be very tender for a few days after treatment, so try to avoid chewing on that side. Refrain from eating any hard foods (i.e. peanuts, ice, popcorn, hard pretzels) until your general dentist advises you otherwise.
•  If you feel any throbbing in the tooth, keep your head elevated, even when laying down and refrain from any strenuous activitiy.
•  We recommend a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) for pain management for the first 3-5 days following treatment. If you cannot safely take NSAIDS, we recommend extra-strength acetaminophen (Tylenol). If you are unable to safely take any of these medications, please contact or office.
•  Rinse your mouth with warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt to 1 cup warm water) 3-4 times a day.
•  Continue with your normal oral hygiene routine.
•  Over several days you may notice the temporary filling begin to sink down or create a small “divot” in the biting surface of the tooth. This is normal. If you notice the temporary filling or crown has been dislodged or is no longer present, please contact our office.
•  Unless otherwise recommended by Dr. Berson, you should see your general dentist within 2-4 weeks after the completion of the root canal for a permanent restoration.
•  If you notice unexpected swelling, increased swelling, increased pain, your bite feels uneven or believe you may be having an allergic reaction to a medication please contact our office immediately.

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