Root canal treatment post operative care

What to expect after a root canal and how to maximize healing while minimizing discomfort.

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Will it hurt after?
Discomfort prior to root canal therapy is the best predictor of pain after a root canal therapy. It is common to experience discomfort for several days after completion. If severe pain continues and is not improving, you should return for evaluation.
What can I take for pain?
For mild discomfort, we recommend taking ibuprofen as directed on the box. For more severe pain, a combination of ibuprofen (Advil) with acetominephen (Tylenol) following the directions for use on the box. Taking these together provides better pain control than with narcotics.
How long will I be numb?
You can expect to be numb for 2-3 hours after completion of your procedure. Be careful not to bite or burn yourself during this time.
Do I need antibiotics?
Antibiotics are not indicated before or after root canal therapy except in the most severe cases. The root canal itself is treatment of any infection present.
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