Post-Op Root Canals

Post-op Instructions: Root Canals

Depending on your particular case, Endodontic treatment can take a couple of visits. You may also experience a few of the following symptoms after any of these appointments: sensitivity to hot and/or cold; sensitivity to pressure; possible swelling. If you have continued swelling, please call our office immediately, as additional medication may be required.

  • If you bit doesn’t feel right and the tooth feels a little high, then call the office as your bite may need some adjustment.
  • A temporary filling may be used to temporarily seal the tooth between visits.
  • Watch what you eat avoiding hard foods until the final filling is placed.
  • Your gums may become irritated during the procedure, and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
  • Because the nerve, blood, and nutrient supply to the tooth is removed, the tooth may become brittle and prone to fracturing, which could result in the need to pull the tooth. A crown is often recommended to prevent this from happening.
  • A root canal is a therapy, not a cure. It has a high success rate, but almost 4% of them fail. If your root canal fails within a period of 3 years from the date of service, we will either refund the cost of your root canal, or retreat your failed root canal. In addition, if the tooth cannot be saved, the cost of the crown placed in our office will be refunded during that 3-year period. This warranty is null and void if the patient does not maintain their 6-month continuing care cleaning appointments.

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