Post-Op Instructions

Before Your Root Canal Appointment:

If you have been advised by your physician or dentist to take an antibiotic before your appointment, please do so. In recent years, the indications for taking premedication have been changed, but you should take them if prescribed. Call our office if you have any questions.

To aid in proper diagnosis, please avoid taking pain medications at least 4 hours prior to your appointment.

If you are a highly anxious patient and wish to have oral sedation (pills to relax you) before your appointment, you will be required to come in for an exam before treatment so we can discuss medication options and procedures.

Take all of your medications as usual at your normal times. It is also important that you have a good breakfast or lunch since your blood sugar level should be kept as normal as possible before your appointment.

You do not need a driver for root canal therapy unless you are extremely anxious and need oral sedation pills.

After Your Root Canal Appointment:

If a temporary filling has been placed you should avoid chewing on it for an hour after the appointment.

Please wait until your anesthesia (numbness) has disappeared before chewing. This way you can avoid damaging the tooth by biting on it with too much force.

Take whatever you take for a headache (Tylenol or Advil, etc) after the appointment unless Dr. Henry has prescribed other pain killers. Also, if Dr. Henry has prescribed an antibiotic, be sure to take it as directed. If you have any problems with your medications, please contact Dr. Henry or if it is an emergency, such as trouble breathing or swallowing, call 911 immediately.
If you are having swelling or pain, and you do not feel you are healing appropriately, please contact Dr. Henry as he may wish to switch your medications or see you at the office.

After your root canal therapy (endodontic treatment) has been completed, the root canal has been permanently sealed, but the chewing surface usually requires a crown or a permanent filling to further wall off bacteria from the root canal system. Another benefit of a crown is that it can provide your tooth with a layer of armor, which helps to prevent fracture–this is so important to posterior (chewing) teeth. You and your general dentist will need to decide which option is best for your tooth.