Post-Op Instructions

What to Expect after your Root Canal Therapy

Your tooth may have mild to moderate discomfort for a few days and the area may be tender for about a week after treatment. The surrounding gum tissue may also be tender due to manipulation during treatment, as well as a continuation of any tenderness existing prior to treatment.

If you are experiencing any discomfort you may take one of the following:

Ibuprofen : (Motrin or Advil) 3 to 4 tablets (200mg per tablet) every 6 hours as needed.

Do not exceed 3200mg in a 24 hour period

Naproxen : (Aleve) 1 or 2 tablets (220mg per tablet) every 12 hours as needed.

Do not exceed 1000mg in a 24 hour period

Asprin : 2 tablets (325mg per tablet) every 6 hours as needed.

Do not exceed 2600mg in a 24 hour period


Acetaminophen : (Tylenol extra strength) 2 tablets (500mg per tablet) every 8 hours as needed.

Do not exceed 3000mg in a 24 hour period

In some instances a stronger medication may be required and will be prescribed at our discretion.

You may rinse the area with warm salt water (1 teaspoon salt in a glass of very warm water.)

It is important NOT to use any heat on the external face. If anything, place ice on the outside surface of your face in the area where the root canal was done, on and off 10-15 minutes.

You should brush your teeth normally; however avoid chewing with the treated tooth for several days. You are not limited to what you can eat- just chew on the opposite side from where the treatment was done.

You may be given antibiotics or prescription pain medication. Take these as directed on the bottle.

If your treatment has not been completed in the first visit, it is extremely important that you return for the completion of the treatment, even if there is no pain to prevent reinfection of the tooth.

Once your treatment is finished, you MUST return to your general dentist to have a permanent restoration placed. Please do not hesitate to call our office (480)991-1144 with any questions or concerns.

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