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Wilson Dental Care | Post-Op Instructions for Root Canal Therapy in Germantown

Charlyn Wilson, DDS
  Jessica Gursakal, DDS


Post-Op Instructions for Root Canal Therapy



Post-Op Instructions for Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling or crown is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. After each appointment when anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. Avoid any chewing until numbness has completely worn off.

Between appointments it is common (not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire filling falls out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so it can be replaced.

It’s normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended. To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water (a tsp. of salt in cup of warm water, rinse-swish-spit).

If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. To protect the tooth and keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It’s important to continue to brush and floss normally.

Usually, the last step after a root canal treatment is the placement of a crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent swelling or pain, or you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office.

Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions or concerns 901-751-1100.


Germantown Dentist | Post-Op Instructions for Root Canal Therapy. Charlyn Wilson is a Germantown Dentist.

Address: 7520 Enterprise Ave,Germantown, TN 38138

Telephone: 901-751-1100, Fax: 901-751-1164