Root Canal Therapy

  • Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure.
  • It is very important not to chew on the side that is numb (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off. Following Root Canal Therapy, you may experience discomfort. This is COMPLETELY normal and any discomfort should diminish within a few days to a couple of weeks. Some patients experience no discomfort at all.
  • In a very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks.
  • As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not staying the same, or getting worse) everything is fine. There is no need for concern.
  • You have been given a prescription of ibuprofen (800 mg Motrin). This IS NOT for pain. Ibuprofen is to reduce the inflammation in the area worked on, and will further eliminate hot, cold and pressure sensitivity. Please take as directed.
  • If you are allergic to or cannot tolerate ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc) please advise us.
  • If discomfort continues for more than a couple of days, please call the office at 972-378-9747
  • If, when the numbness wears off, if it is uncomfortable to close and squeeze your teeth together, or if your tooth aches when you wake up in the morning you may need to have your bite adjusted. Please call the office for an appointment.