A woman with dental anxiety worrying about her root canalA root canal requires special that you take special precautions once this procedure has been completed. The following tips will help your mouth heal with a minimum of discomfort and pain.

Dr. da Costa recommends that you take the provided pain medication within one hour of leaving our office. This allows the medication to get into your blood stream before the anesthesia we administered subsides. Generally, only one dose is needed.

It is not uncommon for your tooth to feel uncomfortable or have a dull ache immediately after root-canal therapy. Expect this discomfort to subside within a few days. In addition, your tooth may feel sensitive when biting and or even feel loose. This sensitivity comes from the nerve-endings near the root of your tooth, where we cleaned, irrigated and placed filler and sealer material. This sensitivity will be short lived.

Whenever possible, try to chew on the opposite side from the tooth we have just treated, until you have a final restoration placed. Until this time, your tooth is weakened and could fracture (requiring its removal).  Please avoid chewing gum, caramels or other sticky soft candy. These can dislodge your temporary filling or cause tooth fracture.

If your pain persists and becomes intolerable, please don’t hesitate to call us at 503-639-6900.