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Following the Initiation of Your Endodontic Therapy

  • What to expect following today’s appointment:

    What to expect following today’s appointment:

    • Root Canal Therapy is an invasive procedure that often generates inflammation in the tissue surrounding the treated tooth. For this reason, you should expect to have some discomfort after today’s visit. (This is especially true for those patients who were in discomfort before the procedure.)
    • Your tooth may feel “bruised” or tender when biting, or if pressure is applied by your tongue. Sometimes a tooth will ache or throb initially. If this does not improve with time and/or analgesics (Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, or Asprin) contact the office.
    • The injection site(s), jaw muscles, and jaw joints will feel sore from the procedure. You may also experience jaw stiffness. The analgesics mentioned above will help this, too.  Postoperative discomfort can last up to a week or two, but should steadily improve with time.
    • Compared to other teeth, your endodontically treated tooth may always feel  “different” when tapped or when biting pressure is applied.
    • After your visit today, you will no longer feel cold or heat sensitivity from this tooth. Throbbing associated with your heartbeat will also be gone.


  • What to do after today’s appointment:

    What to do after today’s appointment:

    • Your root canal therapy is not yet complete. Do not return to your general dentist for the final restoration until instructed to do so by our office.
    • Take your first dose of analgesic (Motrin, Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin) before the anesthetic wears off and continue to take the analgesic as directed. It is recommended that you use one of these medications for 2-3 days following the procedure.
    • Take any medication prescribed by the doctor (antibiotic, analgesic, steroid) as directed.
    • Avoid chewing on the tooth until you see your dentist for the final restoration.
    • Do not apply external heat (heating pads, etc.) to the area. External heat application will increase the possibility of swelling.
  • Contact our office immediately if you experience any of the following:

    Contact our office immediately if you experience any of the following:

    • Visible swelling inside or outside of the mouth.
    • Allergic reaction to medication. Allergic reactions include:

    •Skin rash
    •Difficulty breathing

    • A return of symptoms or a development of a sensation of pressure or throbbing that appears after the initial postoperative discomfort passes.

     Nausea in NOT an allergic reaction.