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If you’ve just received root canal therapy, it’s very important that you care for the tooth that was treated, and we’re thrilled to tell you how!

After you’ve treated the root canal of your affected tooth, your tooth may be sensitive for the first few days. This sensitivity is due to the natural tissue inflammation that resulted from the treatment or from the pain or infection you had before the appointment. You can relieve the discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medication, like Advil, Motrin, or Aleve. Although you feel a bit of sensitivity and pain, you can return to your normal activities the day after the procedure.

Until your root canal therapy is completed (which is when your permanent filling or crown is placed), it is best to keep from using the tooth. Chewing can create recontamination on the tooth’s root and nerve as well as make your tooth vulnerable to fractures and breaks. Your tooth is very fragile and it’s best to be careful while you eat until your tooth has grown stronger.

As far as oral health goes, please brush, floss, and rinse regularly and see your dentist as often as needed. Please feel free to call our office with questions at any time. We are happy to help you!