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Post Op Root Canal Therapy Instructions

What To Expect Following Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy

It is not uncommon for a tooth to be uncomfortable or even exhibit a dull ache immediately after receiving root canal therapy.  This should subside within a few days.

Your tooth will be sensitive to biting pressure and may even appear to feel loose.  This feeling is a result of the sensitivity / inflammation of nerve-endings and surrounding tissue just outside the end of the root(s) that were treated.  This is normal and will become progressively more comfortable within the first couple of weeks.

You may feel a rough area (on the top surface of a back tooth or on the back surface of a front tooth), where the access was made and sealed with a temporary filling.  The temporary filling seals and protects the root canal treatment from becoming contaminated and re-infected between appointments.  If the filling comes out or sinks down in the tooth it is important to contact our office to replace the filling to ensure the root canal therapy remains protected.

A small percentage of patients may experience severe post-treatment pain and / or swelling in the area that was treated.  If this occurs, please call our office immediately so we may address this problem.

What To Do Following Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy

We recommend that you take an analgesic medication for pain-relief within one hour of leaving our office to allow the medication to be effective before the anesthesia administered begins to subside.

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 600-800mg every 6 hours (not to exceed 3200mg/day) is recommend for patients able to take, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, or aspirin.

 For people unable to take ibuprofen, non-steroidal medications, or aspirin, then Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 650mg every 6 hours (not to exceed 3200mg/day)is recommended.

The consumption of alcohol is not recommended while taking acetaminophen or medications containing acetaminophen.

Dr. Radatti or Dr. Duval may prescribe a prescription pain reliever and / or antibiotic for your use and will advise you on the appropriate use of these medications.

Minimize chewing on the affected tooth until your root canal therapy is complete and your dentist has placed a protective restoration on your tooth.  This is to avoid damage to the tooth.

If your tooth requires placement of a protective restoration we will inform you of this and recommend that you contact your dentist office to have your tooth restored within 2-4 weeks following completion of your root canal therapy.

Meet Our Doctors

  • Dr. Dan Radatti, DDS

    Practiced family dentistry for 10 years before attending an endodontic specialty residency at OHSU in Portland.

  • Dr. Ryan Duval, DMD, MSD

    Practiced as a general dentist before earning his 2-year Advanced Certificate and Master's Degree in Endodontics.