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Root Canal Therapy


Caring For a Temporary Restoration

Now that you have had root canal therapy, it is important to follow these recommendations to ensure healing.

  • If we placed a temporary filling or crown on your tooth, avoid chewing for at least one-half hour to allow the restoration to harden.
  • To keep your temporary restoration in place, avoid eating hard or sticky foods, especially chewing gum. If possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth.
  • It is common for a small portion of a temporary filling to wear away or break off, but if the entire filling comes out, or if a temporary crown comes off, call us so that it can be replaced.

Chewing and Eating

  • If we used anesthetic during the procedure, avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Your lips, teeth, and tongue may be numb for several hours.

Medications and Discomfort

  • If antibiotics were prescribed, continue to take them for the indicated length of time, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are resolved.
  • To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended. It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing.
  • To further reduce discomfort or swelling, rinse your mouth three times a day with warm salt water. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.*

When to Call Us

  • Please call our office if your bite feels uneven if you have sensitivity or discomfort that increases or continues beyond three or four days, your temporary filling or crown comes off, or you have any questions or concerns.

* If you suffer from high blood pressure, please consult with your physician before using a warm salt water rinse.


Dental Studio At Rosslyn
6065 Arlington Blvd

Falls Church, VA 22044
Phone: 703-495-2441
Fax: 703-807-2652

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