Root Canal FAQs

1. Any restrictions after my root canal?
Please do not eat or drink anything for 30-45 minutes to allow the temporary access filling to harden. After that, please be gentle on the tooth until you return to your referring dentist. Avoid sticky or hard food that could break the temporary.

2. Do I have to see my Dentist today?
No. But, we do recommend ASAP to ensure the temporary does not break down and allow re-infection of the root canal system. We recommend seeing your referring dentist within 2 weeks.

When do I have to see my Dentist?
We recommend seeing your dentist within 2 weeks to place the permanent restoration.

Is my tooth covered or open?
Your tooth is covered with a temporary filling.

Does the root grow back?
No. The soft pulp tissue has been infected, both of which is removed during the root canal process. The hard structure of the root remains and was fully “grown” years ago.

Why do root canals have to be redone?
There are many reasons, but the most common are missed anatomy during the original root canal process or re-infection from recurrent cavities or restorative work that has begun to deteriorate.

Can you do a root canal after the crown has been placed?
Yes. We make a small access opening through the biting surface of the tooth that does not affect the structural integrity of the crown.

What exactly do you do when you do a root canal?
After a small access opening is made through the biting surface of the tooth, the soft pulp tissue and infection is removed and the canal system is disinfected. Fillings are placed in the root canal spaces to help prevent re-infection.

Can I go back to work?
Most patients go back to work the same day. The anesthesia may only last an hour or two after you leave the office.

Can I drive myself?
Yes. However, you will need to have a driver if you have elected for conscious sedation during the root canal process. A conscious sedation evaluation is needed first before treatment.

How long will I be in pain?
Most patients have little to no pain post-operatively. Ibuprofen and Tylenol regiments are recommend for 1-2 days after the procedure to help achieve this goal.

I took one antibiotic pill this morning, do I need take 4 now for my prosthetic joint?
Yes. However in this situation we may need to place you on a different antibiotic to ensure proper antibiotic coverage for your prosthetic joint. Please call our office for further details.

Will I leave here with a hole in my tooth?
No. A temporary access filling has been placed that lasts approximately 2 weeks until you see your referring dentist for final restoration.