Post Op Instructions for Root Canal

Root Canal Care Instructions

Root canal therapy often takes two or more appointments to complete. When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid chewing on the side of the treated tooth until the numbness has completely worn off.

how To protect your tooth and help keep your temporary crown in place

  • Avoid chewing sticky foods (especially gum).

  • Avoid biting hard foods and hard substances.

  • If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.

 It's normal to experience some discomfort for several days, especially when chewing. It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache. This should subside within a few days. The tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.

To control discomfort, take pain medication as recommended by your dentist. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

 To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse three times a day with warm salt water. It's important to continue to brush and floss normally. Check out our blog posts and videos to brush up on your tooth brushing and flossing technique.


The last step after root canal treatment is the placement of a dental crown on the tooth. A crown covers and protects the tooth from breaking in the future. Use of material such as porcelain makes a dental crown appear as a natural tooth completing your smile.