Root Canal


  • Depending on your symptoms before the root canal, after the procedure your tooth may feel fine or may be sensitive to cold and/or biting pressure. If you experience symptoms after the root canal, expect gradual improvement over several days.
  • You should not experience symptoms of an acute infections. These symptoms include fever, increasing swelling, red and angry-looking gums, and flu-like aches and pains. If you experience these symptoms, contact our office right away.


  • If you were prescribed a pain reliever, take the pain reliever as prescribed, but only if you need it. If you were not prescribed a pain reliever, you may take any non-prescription pain reliever that you normally take for minor pain according to package instructions.
  • If you were prescribed antibiotics, take them as prescribed and take them until they are all gone.
  • If you ware prescribed an antibiotic mouth rinse (e.g. Peridex), use it as prescribed, but for only five days. Prolonged usage of this mouthwash may stain your teeth.
  • If you have problems with pain control after taking a pain reliever, please contact our office.


  • You have any reaction to any prescribed medication.
  • Your pain is not adequately controlled by prescribed or over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • You develop symptoms of an acute infection, as described above.
  • Your tooth feels worse or doesn’t begin to feel better within a few days.
  • The temporary filling placed when the root canal was done becomes dislodged or is missing.
  • You have any other questions or concerns about the root canal or the healing process.


  • A temporary filling was placed when the root canal was completed. This filling needs to be replaced by a permanent filling, and often, a full-coverage restoration, such as a crown. It is very important that the permanent restorations is placed soon after the root canal is finished (days to a few weeks). Without a permanent restoration, a root canal-treated tooth is at risk of fracture and possible loss.
  • Though the infection is stopped by the root canal procedure, the area surrounding the tooth may take months to fully heal. We will continue to follow the tooth and its healing during subsequent exam and cleaning appointments.