After Root Canal Treatment

Instructions for Recovery

Temporary Soreness and Dental Crown

Your tooth (periodontal ligament) and surrounding gum tissue (gingiva) may be tender for as many as ten days following treatment, as your body continues to heal. This tenderness is normal and no cause for alarm. These temporary symptoms are usually relieved by over-the-counter pain medications.

If a molar tooth has had a root canal, a crown will often be necessary to help prevent fracture of the tooth.  Avoid chewing on a molar tooth until your general dentist restores the molar tooth with a crown or onlay.

For more information about After Root Canal Treatment or to schedule a consult with Dr. Horalek, please use our Appointment Request form or call our endodontic office in Raleigh, NC at North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996.


Illustration by Dr. Horalek

Diagram of Root Canal Treatment by Raleigh NC endodontist Dr. Horalek

Pain Relief

Discomfort may be alleviated by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications and/or acetaminophen, as directed.

Should you experience discomfort that cannot be controlled with the medications noted above, or you have developing swelling, please contact our office immediately at North Raleigh Endodontics Office Phone Number 919-256-3996. If you need to call after hours, please have your pharmacy number available.

Follow-Up Appointment

A recall examination to evaluate healing is often performed six months after treatment. This appointment will require only a few minutes, and no additional fee will be required.