Following a root canal procedure at the office of Bruce W. Smith, DDS, it is normal to feel some tenderness as your body undergoes the natural healing process. You may experience some jaw soreness and tooth sensitivity for a few days. These side effects can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, aspirin, and Aleve. Our dentists may also recommend a pain medication to keep you comfortable while your mouth heals. If you experience severe pain or pressure after receiving a root canal, please contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Carrell immediately.

Your mouth will be numbed during your appointment, and we encourage you to avoid eating until the numbness wears away, or else you may bite your lip, tongue, or cheeks. Some root canal procedures require two or more visits to fully restore the tooth, and you should avoid chewing on the treated side of your mouth until the affected tooth is fully restored by one of our dentists.

If the dental restoration placed on your affected tooth does not feel right, please contact us for an evaluation. You should care for the new filling, crown, or implant as you would your normal teeth. This includes brushing and flossing thoroughly each day.

A tooth that has been treated with a root canal should last as long as your natural teeth. During your bi-annual dental checkup, our dentists can examine the tooth to ensure it remains healthy and no infection has returned. To learn more about root canals in Houston, Texas, you are welcome to call 713-529-4364 and speak with our team or schedule an appointment with our dentists.