Post-Op Instructions Following Root Canal Therapy


  • Sensitivity should subside after a few days.
  • Take your prescribed medication as directed.
  • A temporary filling is usually placed to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is placed. Do not bite hard for one hour after your appointment. Chew carefully on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • Do not bite your lips, cheeks, or scrape your gums. Children should be watched carefully to make sure they don’t do this. It will damage soft tissues and result in pain.
  • Sensitivity to cold and heat, as well as any soreness, should go away in a few days.
  • Brush and floss gently.
  • Even if you were not experiencing any discomfort prior to treatment, it is normal for you to experience some degree of discomfort for a few days after.  The tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm
  • If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone. 
  • Since the tooth is very fragile following treatment, avoid eating sticky and hard foods.
  • The permanent crown will protect the tooth from breaking in the future.

Delay in obtaining final restoration (crown) may result in fracture and/or possible loss of the tooth