Patient Information


Post Operative

Root Canal

Your root is not “removed” nor is the tooth “dead” following root canal therapy. Treatment takes place inside the tooth so outer portions of the tooth, including ligaments that hold the tooth in its socket and in the surrounding bone, remain alive. These tissues were inflamed and possibly infected prior to treatment, and they can become more inflamed as a result of treatment. If you allow inflammation to go unchecked after the procedure, you are more likely to experience discomfort. Assuming you have no allergies, we will provide you with prescription strength ibuprofen (e.g. Motrin) and other prescriptions if needed.

You will probably have a temporary filling in your tooth. This filling is not meant to withstand chewing forces and will wear under use.  It is best not to chew on your root canal-treated tooth, as it may be weakened and more prone to fracture until it is permanently restored. We ask that you see your dentist to have your restoration completed within 2-4 weeks after your procedure.

When you leave our office the surgical area will likely still be numb.  It is important that you take care when eating or drinking as you could bite your lip, burn your mouth, or crack your tooth with excessive chewing force.

If you experience discomfort that you cannot control or if swelling develops, please contact our office immediately. The office telephone is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy’s telephone number available.


  • For the first 2 hours after surgery, apply an ice pack to the operated area 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off.
  • After surgery, eat a soft diet.
  • After surgery, do not lift your lip, and avoid unnecessary movement of the lip.
  • Do not brush teeth near the operated area.
  • Do not rinse vigorously.
  • For 1 week after surgery, avoid athletic activities.

Take prescribed medication as indicated.