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.