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Root Canal

Caring for a temporary restoration -
If we placed a temporary filling or crown on your tooth, avoid chewing for at least one-half hour to allow the restoration to harden. To keep your temporary restoration in place, avoid eating hard or sticky foods, especially chewing gum. If possible chew food only on the opposite side of your mouth. Please call us if the temporary filling comes out or the temporary crown comes off so that it can be replaced.

Chewing and eating -
If we used an anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely. Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours.

Brushing and flossing -
You may brush and floss as normal.

Medications and discomfort -
If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended. It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal treatment, especially when chewing. To further reduce discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water. Use about a teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.

When to call us Call -
Call us if your bite feels uneven, you have sensitivity or discomfort that increases or continues beyond three days, your temporary filling or crown comes off, or you have any questions or concerns.