Root Canal – After Care

Root Canal – After Care

What To Expect:  

  • It is common for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache immediately after receiving  root canal therapy. This should subside within one week.  
  • Your tooth will be sensitive to biting pressure, and may even appear to feel loose. This feeling is a  result of the sensitivity of nerve endings in the tissue just outside of the end of the root. Occasionally, a small “bubble” or “pimple” will appear on the gum tissue within a few days after  completion of a root canal. This represents the release of pressure and bacteria which no longer can  be sustained around the tooth. This should disappear within a few days.  
  • Your Temporary Tooth (if you are getting a crown) may dislodge. You can reapply the temporary by  using denture adhesive. 
  • If your gums are sore when the temporary crowns are being applied, please ask for a numbing  substance. This will make your temporary placement much easier for you and the dentist. 

What To Do:  

  • Please ask dentist if you need to take an anti-biotic. 
  • We recommend you take a mild pain-reliever within one hour of leaving our office, to get the  medication into your blood system before the anesthesia begins to subside. Generally, only one  dose is needed. 
  • It is likely you will need an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and medications for pain. The dentist will  write a prescription. All prescriptions need to be filled in Mexico. USA pharmacies will not accept a  prescription from Mexico. 
  • Follow the recommended antibiotic treatment recommended by your dentist. Whenever possible, try to chew on the opposite side from the tooth we have just treated, until you  have a crown placed, or until the access area is restored. Until that time, your tooth still is weakened  and could fracture.  
  • Please avoid chewing gum, caramels, or other sticky, soft candy, which could dislodge the temporary  material or fracture your tooth.  

Please Call Us If:  

  • You are experiencing symptoms more intense or of longer duration than those described above.  You encounter significant post-operative swelling.  
  • The temporary material feels “high” when biting.  
  • Your tooth fractures.