Root Canal Therapy


For the first 3-5 days after your root canal therapy, you may have discomfort or sensitivity in the tooth that was treated, especially if you had pain and infection before treatment. 

  • If antibiotics were prescribed for the infection, you must take them for the full length of time indicated on the prescription, even if all signs of infection are gone.  
  • Tenderness from chewing is normal and may last for ten days to 2 weeks. To control discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain reliever, following the label directions.
  • If there is continued swelling or severe pain, call our office.
  • If a temporary filling material was placed to seal the tooth, a small layer might be worn away. If the temporary filling material should come out, call our office.
  • If a permanent filling material was used, the next step is usually permanent restoration of the tooth by placing a cap or crown. You will have already scheduled this appointment. If not, please call our office. 
  • Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you would normally.


IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CONDITION AFTER A ROOT CANAL, NOTIFY DR. WALTERS IMMEDIATELY BY CALLING (614) 662-2082 Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. If calling after hours, voicemail will provide an emergency contact phone number.