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Roots Canal Therapy

1. When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any food or drinks until the numbness has completely worn off.

2. Root canal therapy may take two or more appointments to complete. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth between appointments. Avoid sticky foods, hard foods and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is common for a small portion of the temporary filling to wear away or break off. If the entire temporary filling falls off, please call the office to have it replaced.

3. It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after root canal treatment especially when chewing. Take pain medications as recommended for discomfort.

4. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.

5. To further reduce pain and swelling, rinse 3 times a day with warm salt water.

6. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally on that side.

7. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call the office.

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