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Root canal treatment


During a root canal the tooth is numb from the use of a local anesthetic so you don’t feel anything. When the anesthetic wears off there are usually only minor swelling and tenderness. However, in a small number of cases (5%) it can be extremely uncomfortable. That is why I have prescribed a very strong pain medication for you.

To minimize any discomfort please read the following advice :

  • If you have received a prescription for ANTIBIOTICS, it is very important that you finish the entire prescription even if the tooth feels fine.
  • Try chewing on the other side of your mouth for the next few weeks. Your tooth may remain sensitive to pressure for up to eight weeks.
  • If you experience any severe pain, fill the prescription for the strong medication with which you have been provided.
  • We must remind you that a tooth which has received a root canal becomes dry and brittle and can fracture. This is why all teeth which have been subjected to a root canal require a CROWN.

Should you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to call us.