For most patients, the feeling of numbness after local anaesthesia usually subsides after 1-4 hours. Please do not eat anything “hot or cold” or drink anything “hot” during this period.
After your root canal treatment or retreatment, it is normal to feel some tenderness in the area over the next few days as your body undergoes the natural healing process. It will take time to repair the irritated and inflamed tissues that support your tooth in the jawbone. Your tooth will be tender to biting for the first few weeks and you may notice a difference in biting for even a few months. This tenderness is normal and is no cause for alarm. Please follow below:
- Do not eat anything or drink hot beverages until the numbness in your mouth wears off. This will prevent you from biting your cheek or tongue.
- Do not chew or or bite on the treated tooth until you have had it restored by your dentist.
- Be sure to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
- Please contact your dentist as soon as you are in no pain to have the final restoration done on the treated tooth.
Contact our practice right away if you develop any of the following:
- swelling inside or outside of your mouth;
- an allergic reaction to medication, normally indicated by rash, hives or itching (nausea is not an allergic reaction);
- a return of original symptoms; or
- your bite feels uneven.