Nima Dayani, DDS, MS

Advanced Endodontics of New York City of NYC, PC
Practice Limited to Endodontics and Microscopic Endodontics

212-752-3636 | 888-NYC-ENDO

36 West 44th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, New York, NY 10036 - Suite 712

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The degree of comfort after root canal therapy can depend upon patient follow-through after the procedure has been completed. It is essential that you understand what normal post-treatment symptoms are and how they should be handled.

  1. TAKE MEDICATION AS PRESCRIBED. Although it is possible to experience no pain after root canal therapy, some discomfort is considered normal. Just as in insect bites, burns and scrapes, inflammation results when pulp tissue (commonly known as "the nerve") is removed from the root canals.
    It is not unusual for inflammation to begin immediately after the procedure, characterized by, soreness and/or puffiness. Typically, inflammation increases over the first 24-48 hours, and then subsides slowly over the next two or three days.
    Most people do not experience much discomfort and are comfortable immediately post operatively. Taking analgesics or pain medications are purely dependant on the patient. If you experience sensitivity following any appointment and you chose to medicate with painkillers, we recommend you take an anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil™, Motrin™). These medications reduce inflammation, which will in turn reduce the pain. If you are allergic to any of these drugs, or cannot tolerate drugs like Advil™ because of sensitive stomach or history of ulcers, you can take Tylenol. It should give you equally as much relief. You may also want to apply ice on and off to the outside of your face next to the tooth and keep your head elevated.
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Under no circumstances should you apply heat to the outside of your face.
    CONSISTENT MEDICATION is the key to comfort: It is essential to follow your doctor's orders, and take the PRESCRIBED medications to alleviate pain and help fight infection, if present.If discomfort lasts more than a few days, or if you have severe pain or swelling, call our office. We will, suggest medication or other steps to make you more comfortable.
    Remember, we are here to make your endodontic experience, as comfortable as possible.

  2. DO NOT CHEW ON THE TOOTH AT ALL. On the day of treatment, it is important that you limit your diet to soups and other foods that require no chewing. The treated tooth should experience no strain whatsoever. When eating, be very careful to chew on the other side of your mouth. USE GOOD JUDGMENT. Slowly over time, you may introduce, soft foods to the treated tooth, but you should do that after the tooth has received the final restoration from your restorative dentist. Remember, your tooth has been traumatized and needs to heal completely before you can expect full function.

  3. IF YOUR TOOTH FEELS HIGH. If your treated tooth feels higher than the surrounding teeth, call our office and we will schedule you to come in for an adjustment. We can reduce the surface area so that it fits comfortably with the rest of your bite. Please, note: The process of inflammation can actually elevate a tooth, thus creating this problem.

  4. TEMPORARY FILLINGS. If your temporary filling becomes dislodged or compromised in any way, simply call us during office hours so we may schedule a time to refill the tooth.

  5. PERMANENT FILLINGS AND/OR CROWNS. Teeth that have received endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) will require a permanent restoration (i.e. either a filling or a crown). Your general dentist will make the determination that what kind of permanent restoration the tooth should receive. The permanent restoration (a filling and/or a crown) is EQUALLY as important to the success and longevity of your root canal treatment. Your tooth's treatment is incomplete without the permanent restoration. This webpage is for your general information and is NOT meant as a substitute for dental or medical advice. Please consult Dr. Dayani or your dentist for dental advice

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