Root Canal Post Operative Instructions:
Purpose of the root canal treatment is to remove diseased tissue
inside of the root and seal the root end.
After root canal/ root canal re-treatment has been
root canal therapy will usually maintain your tooth and relieve any
you have been experiencing. Please avoid biting and chewing on the
until it is permanently restored. It is very common for the tooth to
tender after a root canal, and healing occurs more quickly if you do
not chew on it
Will I have
discomfort after the treatment?
you had pain prior to starting the treatment, it will take up to a week or
for the tooth to get back to normal. Give the treatment a chance to work!
you did not have pain prior to starting the treatment, your tooth may be quite
for a few days up to 2 weeks after the appointment. This will be alleviated
time. Avoid activity that may raise your blood pressure for 24 hrs and at
elevate your head on two pillows. All of this will help reduce pressure
up and pain on the tooth.
you have pain you cannot tolerate, abnormal swelling, fever or
pain, please call our office. We will suggest medication or other
to make you more comfortable. In the event of an emergency after hours
call Dr. Nazeri’s cell phone number. If Dr. Nazeri cannot be reached
to the ER immediately.
Will I need pain medication?
the counter medication such as: Aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil,
Aleve will usually alleviate the discomfort. We recommend an
such as ibuprofen. Take 600mg (3 x 200mg) 4 times a
If that does not help, take 800mg of IB Profen with 1000mg of Tylenol
8 hrs. For severe pain we can also prescribe a narcotic medication.
Do I need antibiotics?
most cases, antibiotics are not required after root canal therapy. You will
given antibiotics if we feel it is necessary. If swelling occurs after root
therapy or there is sever pain, most cases we will prescribe antibiotics.
How should I take care of my tooth?
continue your regular dental hygiene regimen. Avoid biting or
on the tooth until you can get it permanently restored from your general
Currently, you have a temporary filling in your tooth. You need to see
general dentist to get it permanently restored. Unless directed otherwise
do not wait longer than a month to do this.
*Fortunately, most root canals heal with
about 90-95% success rate.
Sometimes despite our best efforts a
small percentage of patients may need
to have the root canal retreated or the
tooth extracted. Please allow a good
amount of time to pass to evaluate if
the root canal was successful or not. *