Dos and Don’ts After a Root Canal

Dos and Don’ts After a Root Canal
April 5, 2017 Adam Harwood
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Following your root canal procedure, you might feel some tenderness in the healing area for a few days. To treat this temporary sensitivity, you can take an over-the-counter pain medicine or your endodontist may prescribe you a prescription pain medication if needed.  If you have severe pain or pressure following your root canal that lasts more than a few days, it’s very important you contact your endodontist.

Many are unsure of what to do and not to do after their procedure, here are some simple guidelines:


  • Do brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • Do contact your endodontist if you think your entire filling has come out – or feels uncomfortable.
  • Do contact your endodontist if you notice swelling inside or outside of your mouth, have an allergic reaction to medication, or your toothache returns.
  • Do maintain regular check-ups that will enable your dentist to monitor the healing of your treated tooth.


  • Do not bite or chew on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
  • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Do not drive immediately after your treatment.
  • Do not wait to call your dentist following your appointment. Call as soon as possible following your completed treatment.

It’s important to follow these guidelines to treat and prevent further damage to your tooth. Be sure to consult an endodontist for any questions or concerns following your procedure. Have any questions? Tweet me @DrAdamHarwood.