1. What do I do now?

Now that your root canal is complete, please contact your dentist promptly for an appointment to place a final restoration.  This will protect the tooth against fracture, decay, and recontamination of the root canal.  Most back teeth and weakened front teeth with root canal treatment require crowns.  Delay in obtaining a final restoration may result in fracture and possible loss of the tooth.  It is strongly  recommended to have your permanent filling placed within one month.


  1. Can I eat and drink on this tooth?

You are free to drink fluids immediately, however refrain from chewing on the treated tooth for the first three days to allow for healing.  Re-introduce food slowly, starting with soft foods and progressing to harder, tough foods.  Do not eat crunchy, brittle foods (nuts, seeds, etc) until a permanent filling or temporary crown has been placed.


  1. Will my tooth be sore?

It is normal for a root canal treated tooth to be tender and sore for up to a month after treatment.  Your tooth will feel as though it is bruised.  Approximately 1-2% of patients will experience severe pain and / or swelling following root canal treatment.  If you are experiencing severe pain and were given a written prescription for antibiotics and / or pain medicine, fill the prescription and begin taking the medication.  If you do not have a prescription or have questions about your medication, contact our office at 272-4254.


  1. What should I take for pain relief?

Dr. Young recommends taking 500mg of Tylenol along with 800mg of ibuprophen (Motrin or Advil) every six hours for the first three days after your treatment, then as needed in the following days.  For the majority of patients this is adequate.  If you are still experiencing discomfort, you may substitute a narcotic such as Vicodin or Norco in place of the Tylenol.  Continue to take the ibuprophen even if you switch to the narcotic.


  1. I was given a written prescription; do I have to fill it?  

If you are not sure if you are supposed to fill your prescription, please look at the post-operative paper you were given after your procedure.  It will give specific instructions regarding your medications.  If you cannot find the paper, or are still uncertain about your prescription, please contact our office at Grass Valley Office Phone Number 530-272-4254.


If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 272-4254.