It is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing. To control discomfort, take pain medication as directed by the dentist. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them as prescribed, even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
A temporary filling has been placed to protect the tooth between appointments and to allow for the tooth to heal before placing a permanent filling in its place. It is common
(and not a problem) for a small portion of your temporary filling to wear away or break off. The temporaries can last as long as a month in your mouth. Avoid eating hard or sticky foods (especially gum), and if possible, chew only on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to continue to brush and floss normally.
It is vital that you have a permanent filling and crown to protect the tooth from fracturing as soon as possible. The tooth is currently very fragile and brittle after root
canal therapy. If you bite down on the tooth hard, you can easily fracture it.
When anesthetic has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours after the appointment. To avoid tissue damage, please refrain from chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. If you are unable to wait for this, we recommend softer foods that can be easily swallowed.