What to expect after root canal therapy.

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Aftercare instructions

Root canal therapy often takes one to two appointments to complete. A temporary filling is placed to protect the tooth between appointments.

It is normal to experience mild discomfort for a few days after a root canal appointment, especially when chewing.

To control discomfort, take pain-relieving medication as recommended. If antibiotics are prescribed, continue to take them even if all symptoms of infection are gone.

To protect the tooth and help keep your temporary in place, avoid eating sticky foods (especially chewing gum), hard foods, and if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. It is important to continue to brush the area normally.

Post-Treatment Tips

When your treatment is finished, you should not feel much pain in your tooth, but it may feel quite sore.

Painkillers such as those you normally take for a headache should relieve discomfort. Mouthwash is recommended to reduce gum irritation.

Please ensure that you arrange a follow-up appointment with your dentist to replace the temporary dressing with a new filling or crown. Failure to seal the tooth permanently could jeopardise the success of your treatment.

If you feel that your post-treatment discomfort is increasing or you notice swelling, please contact the surgery for further advice.

Following our recommended instructions and looking after the tooth and the other teeth, a root-filled tooth should continue to function very well for many years.

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Success Rates of Root Canals

Root canals performed to a high standard have a success rate of 93%. The more of your tooth structure present (the smaller the filling), the longer it will last.

Due to the nature of the treatment, it is impossible to give an accurate long-term guarantee.

Re-root canals have a success rate of about 50-60%. 

Dr Negin Mosahebi has had considerable root canal success and has worked with us for several years. If you would like more information or would like to discuss any issues further, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.