It is possible that your tooth will be tender for 3-7 days. This is due to the previous condition of your tooth and manipulation within the root canal during treatment. There is no cause for alarm since this is a perfectly normal reaction. Any prescribed medication is intended to reduce any distress.
The tooth will feel much better if these suggestions are followed:
- Rinsing with warm salt water solutions will help speed the healing process by stimulation circulation in the area. (One teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water). Repeat the rinsing on the hour while the tooth is uncomfortable.
- Do not use the tooth for chewing.
- If slight swelling develops, use the rinses as above. Over the counter Ibuprofen 400-600mg every 4-6 hours will usually take care of most moderate discomfort. If you are allergic to Ibuprofen or Aspirin products take Tylenol (Acetaminophen) 650mg every 5 hours.
Discomfort following visits in no way affects the successful outcome of treatment.
It is normal for a thin layer of temporary filling to be worn away and a slight depression is noticeable. Should the temporary filling come out (or if in doubt,) call our office.