After a Root Canal


  1. A root canal may take anywhere from 1 – 3 appointments depending on each case. It is possible to experience any of the following symptoms after any of these appointments; sensitivity to hot and/or cold, sensitivity to pressure and possible swelling.   While these symptoms are normal, they do not always occur.
  1. Some soreness may be present in the treated area for as long as a week. If this occurs, taking an over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen, will usually make you more comfortable.
  1. If you experience any swelling or extreme discomfort, please phone for instructions.
  1. A temporary filling will be placed. It is not uncommon to lose this filling in between appointments. 
  1. Please be gentle on the root canal tooth until the final restoration is placed. This means watching hard foods, etc.  Avoid chewing hard and crunchy foods on the tooth for several days.
  1. For the first few days after root canal treatment, please eat soft foods associated with the treatment area.
  1. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue taking prescription until gone.
  1. There is no reason that regular oral hygiene should cease.
  1. After the root canal is completed, other restorative (new foundation, post and crown) treatment will be necessary, please schedule an appointment for such.
  1. Should any conditions arise which causes you concerns, please call this office (504) 831-6900.

Our home phone numbers are always available on our office answering machine (504) 831-6900

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