Post Root Canal Treatment Care

Some minor discomfort in the area is normal following the root canal.  It is normal for the tooth to be uncomfortable for 2-3 days after today’s treatment. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, the tooth and surrounding tissues may remain sore for a few weeks post treatment. The three most common reasons for pain are:

  • Sore jaw joint from having your mouth open for a prolonged time.
  • Sore muscle from the injection site.
  • Sore gum from the rubber dam placement.

All of the above scenario should be handled with over the counter medication; for emergencies, do not hesitate to call us at +65 6282 0122.


Guidelines for Post-Treatment Care

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by our clinician. Your tooth is very fragile post treatment and may crack under stress.
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
  • You may have a temporary filling in your tooth. You need to have a permanent filling or a crown placed on your tooth within 1 MONTH of the root canal being completed. If this is not done, the tooth is very likely to fracture or to develop new decay underneath the temporary filling which may cause your root canal to fail.
  • Contact us at +65 6282 0122 right away if you develop any of the following:
  • a visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
  • an allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
  • a return of original symptoms; or
  • your bite feels uneven.