After receiving treatment in our office, you will be given instructions for after care specific to your case. Dr. Williams is always willing to spend time answering any questions you may have before leaving the office, and will also be available to discuss any questions and concerns after treatment. Below are some of the common questions that are asked about what to expect after having a root canal. While these answers are true for many patients, please remember that every case and every patient is unique and exceptions can occur.
Will I be sore?
It is normal to feel some tenderness in the area for a few days after your root canal treatment as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may also feel some tenderness in your jaw from keeping it open for an extended period of time. These symptoms are temporary and usually respond very well to over-the-counter pain medications. It is important for you to follow the instructions on how to take these medications.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. However, if you have severe pain or pressure that lasts more than a few days, please contact our office.
Can I eat?
It is recommended that you wait to eat until numbness has worn off to avoid biting your cheek or tongue. Until the treated tooth has been restored by your general dentist, avoid chewing or biting on that tooth.
Can I drive?
Most procedures are performed using the same local anesthetic a dentist would use to fill a tooth and should not impair your ability to drive. You should not drive yourself if you are taking any narcotic pain medications, or a prescribed sedative.
Can I return to work?
This is a personal decision, but many patients are able to return to work after having a root canal with a local anesthetic. However, if you have taken a prescribed sedative or narcotic pain medication, please follow the recommendations for those medications.
Why do I need to return to my general dentist?
It is important that you contact your general dentist soon after treatment is completed to have your tooth permanently restored. If our office placed a temporary filling, it will not permanently protect your tooth from reinfection or fracture. It is recommended that the tooth be permanently restored within 30 days of treatment.