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Root Canal Treatment

Aftercare For Root Canal Treatment


Root canal treatment is a common dental procedure that is often necessary to save a tooth that has become infected or decayed. While the procedure itself is relatively straightforward, the aftercare following a root canal is crucial for ensuring a successful recovery and maintaining the health of your teeth.

What to Expect After a Root Canal:

After a root canal, it is normal to experience some mild tooth pain and sensitivity in the treated tooth. This is because the nerve and blood vessels within the tooth have been removed, which can leave the tooth more fragile and prone to breakage. However, this discomfort should subside within a few days as the tooth heals.

In addition to mild discomfort, you may also experience some swelling and bruising around the treated tooth. This is normal and should also subside within a few days. If you experience severe or persistent pain, swelling, or bleeding, it is important to contact endodontics at our dental clinic as soon as possible, as this could be a sign of a complication.

Tips for Aftercare:

To help promote healing and reduce discomfort after a root canal, there are several steps you can take:

  1. Take over-the-counter pain medication as directed by your dentist to help manage any discomfort.
  2. Avoid chewing on the treated tooth for the first few days to allow it to heal properly.
  3. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, but be gentle around the treated tooth.
  4. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help reduce swelling and promote healing.
  5. Eat soft foods that are easy to chew, such as yogurt, mashed potatoes, and soup.
  6. Avoid smoking and using tobacco products, as they can slow the healing process and increase the risk of infection.
  7. Attend any follow-up appointments with your dentist to ensure that the tooth is healing properly.


Aftercare following a root canal treatment is crucial for promoting healing and maintaining the health of your teeth. By following these tips and attending any follow-up appointments with our dentist, you can help ensure a successful recovery and maintain the health of your teeth for years to come.

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