Interlachen Dental Associates
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Endodontic Treatment (Root Canal Treatment): Last Appointment

Post-Treatment Recommendations

Today a root canal treatment was completed on your tooth. By doing this procedure we can restore your tooth so it functions like any other natural tooth.


  • You will continue to be under the effects of the anesthetic for several hours following your treatment. Depending on the type of anesthetic you had, the lower arch will most likely stay numb longer than the upper arch.

  • Please use caution when eating or drinking anything while numb. We recommend a soft and moderate temperature diet during this time. Avoid hot, hard or chewy foods so you do not burn or bite yourself for the next few hours.

What you can expect:
  • Endodontic treatment may cause your tooth to be sore for a day or two. This may be due either to the previous condition of your tooth, or caused by the manipulation within the tooth today. This is a normal reaction. If you experience soreness, take ibuprofen** or acetaminophen** to control the discomfort and inflammation. Avoid chewing on this tooth while soreness persists.

  • The tissue around this tooth may be sore for a day or two. Brush and floss as normal. Rinsing the area with warm salt water (dissolve ½ teaspoon salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water) should be helpful.

  • You may notice a medicinal taste. This is due to the medication placed in your tooth and is not harmful to you.

  • The tooth opening through which the root canal treatment was done has been sealed with a temporary filling. It is a soft filling and may wear down. That is not unusual.

  • Occasionally there is soreness in the injection site, which can last a day or two. Ibuprofen** or acetaminophen** to help with this discomfort.


  • After your root canal treatment has been completed, we may recommend that you have a build-up/filling placed to restore the tooth and then have a crown placed over this tooth to keep it strong. When a tooth has endodontic treatment it can be susceptible to fractures. By having a crown placed on this tooth, it will help ensure the stability and success of your tooth.


  • When taking any medications, be sure to read the label for directions, allergy alerts and warnings. Follow directions on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

When to call our office:

  • If you experience any swelling or discomfort that cannot be controlled with ibuprofen or acetaminophen.

  • If the temporary filling that is placed in your tooth comes out. Please call our office to schedule an appointment so we can replace it.
Call us today to schedule an appointment.