If you had a root canal appointment today, here is what you can expect and what to do if you have discomfort.
Your numbing should wear off in 2-3 hours.
You can expect some post operative pain in the tooth treated for the root canal. An antibiotic is typically not necessary unless the doctor prescribes it for you after your visit. If you have no allergies to pain medications, you may take an ibuprofen or tylenol as needed to manage your pain. Please follow maximum daily dosage limits written on the medication labels.
Do not chew or bite on the tooth that has a root canal as it will cause pain. Root canal treated teeth are weaker and more prone to breaking. Please baby the tooth until you can have it protected with a crown.
Return for post root canal follow-up appointments to build up and protect the tooth permanently with a crown.