Root Canal

Root Canal

Root canal therapy (also called a root canal or RCT) was performed as your tooth’s nerve and pulp became permanently damaged due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth, large fillings, a crack or chip in the tooth, or trauma to the face.


Your root canal therapy should relieve your toothache, stop any infection, and promote healing, however, this is not instantaneous and does take 7-10 days to improve symptoms of pain. Infections may take longer. In rare cases whereby pain is severe and extends beyond 14 days, then we may prescribe a steroid to bring down the inflammation. .Please avoid biting down on this tooth for the next few days. It is not uncommon for your tooth to be tender after a root canal, and avoiding chewing on this tooth helps healing to occur more quickly. You should also avoid biting your lip, cheek and tongue until the anesthetic wears off as you may inadvertently hurt yourself.


If you were prescribed narcotic pain medication, take this medication as prescribed and as needed to help with pain. Continue to take any other prescribed medications as per instructions from your Doctor. If you were not prescribed pain medication, over the
counter medication such as Acetaminophen (Tylenol) Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) usually helps as well.
If you were experiencing pain prior to starting your root canal treatment, it may take up to a week or more for this tooth to return to “normal” sensations. Root canal therapy needs to time for any infection to be resolved. If you were not experiencing pain prior to treatment, your tooth may still be sore for a few days after treatment.
Your jaw may also be tender – again this is not unusual. Any pain or discomfort should be alleviated with time– it make take up to a week or more.


A permanent crown is the next treatment step after your root canal therapy.
If you have an existing crown already, your Doctor will discuss what your next steps should be – this may be either placing a permanent filling or replacing your existing crown.
If you do not have an existing crown on this tooth yet, you should schedule promptly for your next appointment. Your tooth will have just a temporary filling that needs to be restored with a permanent crown before it breaks down. Failure to have this crown placed in a timely manner will cause your tooth to become more susceptible to breaking or bacteria that can recontaminate your tooth.


Should you have pain that you cannot tolerate, abnormal swelling or fever, please contact us. We want to make sure your recovery be as smooth as possible. Following these instructions will assist you, but if you have questions about your progress, please call our office at 303-257-8237