After your root canal, it is normal to have some degree of discomfort when the numbness wears off. This discomfort usually lasts 2-3 days or sometimes up to 1 week after the procedure. This is because the area around your tooth is inflamed and needs time to heal.
For pain management, we recommend 600mg ibuprofen (Advil) every 6 hours as needed. If you are still having significant pain, or if you can’t take ibuprofen, you can take 2 Tylenol every 4-6 hours.
If your tooth has a temporary filling, please schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP to get a permanent filling. If there is a temporary filling, avoid chewing on it until the next day and only chew soft foods on the tooth which has been treated. Avoid sticky or hard/crunchy foods until the tooth has been restored with a permanent filling by your dentist.
If a permanent filling has been placed, you can chew on it when the numbness wears off but it may be sore for a few days. If a crown has been recommended, please schedule the crown appointment with your general dentist as soon as possible.
We will send x-rays and a letter to your dentist explaining what was done and if you need to be scheduled for a filling or crown.
Please contact our office at (817) 786-4696 if you have any questions or concerns and we will be happy to help.