It can be very normal for your tooth to be sore following root canal treatment, especially when chewing or biting down. This tenderness generally lasts 3 – 6 days.
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Motrin, Ibuprofen or Tylenol will help with any discomfort. If Dr. Harreld prescribed any additional pain medications, please take them as directed. If your pain cannot be controlled or if you experience any swelling please contact our office. Please note that facial swelling on the side that treatment was performed may occur, especially if root canal treatment was performed on an infected tooth or a tooth with a dead nerve.
Feel free to contact our office should you have any question or concern that has not been addressed. If problems arise after normal business hours and you feel it is an emergency, an emergency phone number to reach Dr. Harreld is on our voicemail
Please do not chew on the side of your mouth on which treatment was performed for 1 hour. We will place a temporary filling in your tooth that needs time to set up and harden. After that time, use caution with that tooth until you return to your general dentist. Restoring your tooth as soon as possible will help ensure the success of the root canal treatment. We recommend that you return to your general dentist 1 – 3 weeks following root canal treatment for placement of a permanent filling and / or crown.