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Root Canal Instructions

General anesthetic was used to perform this procedure. You should be careful not to bite your lips, cheek, or tongue if you choose to eat prior to the anesthetic wearing off. There is an increased risk of doing damage to these soft tissues while under anesthetic. You may experience mild to moderate sensitivity, gum soreness and general discomfort on the tooth; ibuprofen should help with this. The healing process may take several days but the discomfort should subside gradually.

If you have been prescribed any medication be sure to take it as prescribed and to complete the prescription. This is a very important part of the healing process.

Frequently a temporary filling is placed in the tooth. It is common for a small portion of this temporary filling to wear away or break off. In order to keep the temporary in as long as possible, avoid chewing gum and eating other sticky or very hard substances until your follow up appointment.

Continue brushing and flossing normally unless Dr. Porterfield has instructed you otherwise.

It is crucial to follow up with the placement of your permanent restoration as advised by Dr. Porterfield. Any unnecessary delay in placement of the final restoration may damage the tooth permanently.

Our goal is to make your recovery as smooth as possible. If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office.