The tooth that has had appropriate root canal treatment followed by a proper restoration can last as long as your other natural teeth. After the tooth has been restored, you need only practice good oral hygiene, including brushing, flossing, regular checkups, and cleanings.

 

 

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What to do After a Root Canal

  • Do not eat anything until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.

  • Do not chew or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by the dentist.

  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.

  • If the opening in your tooth was restored with a temporary filling material, it is not unusual for a thin layer to wear off in-between appointments. However, if you think the entire filling has come out, contact us.

  • Contact us right away if you develop any of the following:

    • A visible swelling inside or outside of your mouth;​

    • An allergic reaction to medication, including rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);

    • A return of original symptoms; or

    • your bite feels uneven.

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