Care of the Mouth After a Root Canal

Today you had a root canal treatment on your tooth. The nerve and blood vessels of the tooth were infected and had to be removed. The tooth was cleaned out and filled with a medicated material. The goal of the filling procedure is to seal off the tooth against bacteria. Teeth that have been treated with a root canal will need to have a crown placed as soon as possible. Teeth that have been treated with root canal therapy are no longer considered vital and are more prone to breakage so a crown will protect the tooth. The tooth will not feel or function differently than before.

Here are some important things to remember:

  1. It is not unusual to still have some discomfort for a while even though there is no living pulp tissue inside the tooth. There are nerve endings in the ligaments that attach the tooth to the bone and these are usually the source of any pain or discomfort after you have a root canal. Take your pain medication as prescribed for the rest of the day.Tomorrow should you still be experiencing pain continue with the pain medication. After that, any lingering discomfort should be handled by taking Motrin, Advil or Tylenol provided you do not have any medical condition or allergy that prevents you from taking these. Take all medicine as prescribed. Refer to the Pain Management Handout if you have pain or discomfort.
  2. After a 3 or 4 days if your tooth is still sore when chewing you might need a bite adjustment. You should call the office and we will fit you that day.
  3. If you have been placed on an antibiotic, you should finish all of it even though your tooth is not bothering you anymore.
  4. Wait until the numbness wears off to eat so that you do not bite the inside of your cheek, your lip or tongue.
  5. You can resume a normal diet. You should not chew ice or eat extremely hard or sticky foods such as peanut brittle or very hard nuts. These types of things can break normal teeth also.

Should you have any questions please feel free to call the office for assistance. If it is after hours, Dr. Camacho can be reached at his home 210-408-9181 or his cell 210-254-8272. Dr. Camacho will personally return your call and not an answering service. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we are committed to providing individualized and personal care and part of that includes Dr. Camacho having an open communication line with his patients.

To make an appointment, call 210.880.2570 or click here to request an appointment online.