What to Expect After a Root Canal Procedure


Even the idea of a root canal treatment can be frightening, especially when you don’t know how you will feel and cope after the procedure. You may be able to ask questions like, “will it hurt?” or “what should I do to alleviate discomfort?”

Here at our dental practice in Houston, we provide patients with the information they need about such a very important dental procedure. Here are some of the things you can expect:

Pain and Other Symptoms

  • The gums surrounding your treated tooth may become tender. Your dentist may isolate the treated tooth using a rubber dam. A metal clamp will be used to hold this rubber sheet in position and its prongs can pinch, bruise, or cut the surrounding gums.
  • The tooth can be tender as well. After a root canal appointment, the treated tooth will usually be a little sensitive, but the discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics.

Aftercare Instructions

It is best to exercise as much caution as possible to the tooth that has been under endodontic therapy. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It is possible for the filling to break. When the filling indeed breaks, your saliva (which contains bacteria and other food debris) could re-contaminate the inside of your tooth. You don’t want to get another root canal treatment.
  • The tooth could break even when the dentist has not completed rebuilding your tooth yet.
  • Avoid crunchy, hard or tough foods on a recently treated root canal tooth for several days afterward.

Root Canal in Houston

If you are interested in getting a root canal treatment, call us today at (713) 330-7700 to schedule a consultation with our dental experts. We would love to hear from you!


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