Post Operative Instructions for Root Canal Treatment

  • Endodontic treatment has now been completed. The root canal system has been permanently sealed. However, the outer surface is sealed with a temporary restoration. A permanent restoration MUST be placed to protect your tooth against fracture and decay. Please telephone your restorative dentist for an appointment.

  • Your tooth and surrounding tissues may be slightly tender for few days as a result of the previous condition of your tooth and manipulation during treatment. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm.

  • You should take medications as prescribed. i.e. (Ibuprofen 600 mg every 8 hours for 3 days.)

  • Please avoid chewing food on the affected side until your endodontic therapy is completed and your tooth is restored with a permanent restoration provided by your restorative dentist.

  • You may continue your regular dental hygiene regimen.

  • Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled, or should swelling develop, please contact this office immediately.

  • Please return to our office for follow-up visit in 6 months.


  • Apply ice bag over affected area intermittently for the first 24 hours to minimize swelling and discomfort.
  • To minimize bleeding do not rinse, spit, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. Expect slight bleeding after the surgical procedure.
  • Rinse with lukewarm salt Water, (1/2 teaspoon in an eight ounce glass) several times per day after the first 24 hours, or use a prescription rinse twice a day as directed.
  • Avoid brushing the surgical Site until directed to do so. Resume routine oral hygiene in uninvolved areas after the first 24 hours. It is important to keep the mouth as clean as possible to promote healing.
  • Maintain a proper diet. Eat soft, nutritious foods, (chopped meats, eggs, cottage cheese, soup, malteds, mashed potatoes, pasta, etc)
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol, carbonated beverages, spicy foods and excessively hot foods and liquids for at least 24 hours.
  • Take prescription medications as directed. Do not be worried by slight swelling, bleeding, bruising, or discomfort. If you feel that there is a problem or if you have any questions, please call the office.