Instructions Following Root Canal Treatment

Before Root Canal Treatment:

  • You will receive local anesthesia for the root canal procedure. There are typically no restrictions on driving or returning to work afterward. Dr. Max is available for consultation if any issues arise after your treatment.
  • Continue taking all prescribed medications for conditions like blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid problems. If you have any questions, contact our office before your appointment.
  • Unless instructed otherwise by the doctor, have a full breakfast or lunch. If oral or intravenous conscious sedation is planned, you will need to fast for a specific period beforehand, following instructions provided by the doctor and staff.
  • If your physician or dentist advised antibiotic premedication due to specific conditions, take the appropriate antibiotic one hour before your appointment. Contact our office if you have any questions before your scheduled time.
  • If you can take ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), it can help reduce inflammation when taken before the procedure. We recommend 2 tablets of either medication 2-4 hours before endodontic therapy.

After Root Canal Treatment:

  • Endodontic treatment is complete. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth for two hours if possible. The root canal system is permanently sealed, but the outer surface has a temporary restoration. This protects the tooth until you see your general dentist for a permanent filling or crown. Prompt placement of the permanent restoration/crown is crucial to prevent fracture and decay. Contact your restorative/general dentist for an appointment. Ideally, complete this within four weeks, unless instructed otherwise. If your temporary filling comes out, contact our office for a replacement. Continue your regular dental hygiene routine. A full treatment report, including x-rays, will be sent to your restorative dentist.
  • Your tooth and surrounding gum tissues may be tender for a few days due to treatment manipulation and the previous condition of your tooth. This tenderness is normal and not a cause for concern. Consider using Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) for inflammation and pain relief. Follow specific usage instructions provided during treatment. If other medications are prescribed, you will receive instructions. Inform the doctor and staff of any allergies. Contact our office if you experience severe swelling or discomfort not controlled by Ibuprofen. If you've been advised not to take anti-inflammatory medication, notify the doctor and staff.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please call us (847) 886 – 4255.